Evening Standard sacks 2 critics ‘to save money’

Evening Standard sacks 2 critics ‘to save money’


norman lebrecht

June 05, 2019

When I joined the Evening Standard as Assistant Editor in 2002, the first part of my mission was to build London’s strongest team of critics and arts writers.

For a while, we led the field.

After six years, attrition set in. The paper was sold to a Russian KGB muppet, became a freesheet and finally hired a failed politician (pictured) as editor.

Yesterday, it fired the last two theatre critics – Fiona Mountford and Henry Hitchings – supposedly to save money.

Barry Millington, the classical critic, has not been contacted about his future.


  • Ned Keene says:

    The Standard with no standards. Does anyone still read this fishwrap?

  • batonbaton says:

    It’s good for periodic pictures of Larry the Cat outside Downing Street – that’s about it.

  • Luis says:

    It was a magnificent job yours, Norman.

  • Simon Hall says:

    I only read the sport pages.

  • James says:

    Pre-internet, people mainly used to buy that paper for the job ads and flats for rent, didn’t they?

  • Mathias Broucek says:

    Osborne has r

  • Mathias Broucek says:

    Osborne has ruined that paper

  • Stephen Diviani says:

    Osborne is doing to The Standard what he did to the country when he was Chancellor. The sackings make a mockery of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Or are they also being axed?