The hard life

I’m haunted by an item in the _Mail_’s “Ephraim Hardcastle” diary. It says that Jon Snow, the newsreader, is having his memoirs published by HarperColllinsInterCap, and this is embarrassing because of his views on Murdoch. However, HarperCollins offered him

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3 Responses to The hard life

  1. Rupert says:

    I don’t know Jon Snow, nor details of his tie budget, but

  2. Actually, John Snow had no choice. He and his agent put the property up for auction. HarperCollins was one of the bidders in the auction, and when the smoke cleared, they’d outbid the next highest bidder by

  3. Andrew Brown says:

    Oh. Hello! welcome. I hadn’t realised that there was a formal auction for the Snow book. The story I was quoting certainly didn’t make that clear. Obviously, if you do set up that kind of auction, then you are bound by the rules you have set.

    I suppose Snow could argue that if Murdoch drops the book because it is rude about him and his causes (as happens with Chric Patten) he will gain a great deal of favourable publicity, and someone else will publish it for about the same money.

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