LONDON’S MAYOR GETS 250,000 GBP FOR 50 DAILY TELEGRAPH COLUMNS A YEAR

Files under General | Jul 15th

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Boris Johnson is a real character.

Like New York mayors Fiorello Laguardia or Ed Koch, he is a picturesque and extravagant political figure.

He was the editor of The Spectator and he writes very well.

So, The Daily Telegraph, owner also of The Spectator, decided to pay him 250,000 GBP a year for a weekly column in the paper.

He gives 50,000 GBP to charities, so 50 columns a year means that he really makes around of 4,000 GBP per column.

I don’t know how much other leading British or American columnists charge for their columns, but it doesn’t seem like a big deal to me.

And perhaps he is right, and this really is what he called (watch here the video) just “chicken feed”.

The real problem here is not what he makes as a columnist (as mayor he gets 140,000 GBP a year) but how you can cover local politics if the mayor is on your payroll.

That’s the big issue.

A London newspaper cannot pay anything to the mayor of the city.

Period.


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2 Responses to “LONDON’S MAYOR GETS 250,000 GBP FOR 50 DAILY TELEGRAPH COLUMNS A YEAR”

  1. alejandro banuet says:

    I have not read mr Johnson’s column, but with all his credentials, I am sure that it has very interesting material for the highest selling british ‘quality’ newspaper… besides, It will be always better that the mayor is in a newspaper payroll than the other way around.

  2. Lula in Brazil has his own column distributed free to many newspapers (not in the quality and serious ones), and Chavez in Venezuela runs his own television show, but in the UK we expect higher standards from politicians and newspapers.

    The Telegraph is wrong, and Mr. Johnson too.

    Period.

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