Evening Standard sacks 2 critics ‘to save money’

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.

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  • 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?

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