Matthew Norman

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Full name: Matthew Norman

Area of interest: Politics, Media, Sport

Journals/Organisation: The Independent | The Daily Telegraph | Evening Standard

Email: m.norman@independent.co.uk

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Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/matthew-norman | http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/matthew-norman

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Representation: http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/matthew-norman

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About: http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/matthew-norman

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Career: Evening Standard: journalist, columnist; Daily Mirror: columnist; The Guardian: political diarist, 1995/2004; The Sunday Telegraph: sports columnist, 2005/2006; Evening Standard: sports columnist, 2006/2010; The Independent: political and media columnist, 2004- ; Joined the Daily Telegraph in 2010 as restaurant critic, also writes on politics an media

Current position/role: The Independent: Political and Media columnist; Daily Telegraph: Restaurant critic, politics and media commentator

Other roles/Main role: The Spectator: contributing editor, 2006-

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Viewpoints/Insight: This is my last Diary, and after nine years you will readily imagine the agonised internal debate that has raged as to how to say farewell - The Guardian, 11th June 2004

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Controversy/Criticism: Spurs ban Standard, by Steve Cording, Evening Standard, 28th August 2007

Awards/Honours: British Press Awards Columnist of the Year, 2008

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Other: Married to Rebecca Tyrrel and is a feature of her column 'Days like those'; A lifelong Spurs fan

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Speaking/Appearances: http://www.jla.co.uk/after-dinner-speakers/matthew-norman

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The Independent:

Column name: Monday diary: Norman on Monday

Remit/Info: Political affairs

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Role: Political commentator

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The Independent:

Column name: Media Diary

Remit/Info: Media issues

Section: Media

Role: Commentator

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Email: m.norman@independent.co.uk

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Website: Media/Matthew Norman

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Day published: Thursday

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  • Should justice be seen to complain? - 21st December
  • Cry freedom, Black could be back - Please don't tempt fate by untying that yellow ribbon from the old oak tree ... but there is a sliver of a chance that Conrad Black will soon be out - 14th December
  • Oh Mandy, you gave without taking - If heaven truly loveth a sinner that repenteth, the celestial choir must be singing endless hosannahs today in adoration of Peter Mandelson - 7th December
  • This strange business on Cameron's doorstep - When David Cameron opened his front door and snippily berated the Daily Mirror reporter requesting his comment on its splash about how much he and colleagues will benefit from Tory inheritance tax policy, did he say: "You should try working for an independent newspaper" or "... The Independent newspaper"? - 30th November
  • That contacts book may prove useful, Archie - Warmest congrats to ITV on finally concluding its thrilling quest for a new chairman. It’s been a blast these recent months, with a seemingly endless succession of giants touted for the job before vanishing from view - 23rd November
  • Online can be a bamboozling term - Reflecting on a week of unrelenting excitement even by his standards, an indelicate question poses itself about Rupert Murdoch. Is the old boy finally losing it? - 16th November
  • The Fry affair was Twitter's first JFK moment - Which of us will ever forget where we were when we heard that Stephen Fry had resigned from Twitter? - 9th November
  • Is it a mutation or a melding of minds? - In a metamorphosis worthy of Ovid, new Spectator editor Fraser Nelson is rapidly mutating into his boss Andrew Neil - 2nd November
  • It's just the start for the David Brent of fascists - Never in the field of media endeavour, to adapt the man posthumously sequestered by the BNP, has so much tosh been written by so many about a single wretched nebbish - 26th October
  • Bradshaw, a true giant among men - Outrage and distress are occupational hazards for those of us who follow the British media, yet I can't recall being quite so upset as I am today by the smearing of our overseer Ben Bradshaw - 12th October
  • Chumps' U-turn embarrasses Labour - Oh the excruciation of a sense of entitlement betrayed. So many and varied are the delights to be savoured from Labour's reaction to The Sun's delicately timed transfer of support that picking a winner feels futile - 5th October
  • Wanted: woman who can read out loud - 28th September
  • The historian's excuse: 'I wasn't there' - 21st September
  • Watch out, Liz – even your colleagues are taking pot shots at you now - 14th September
  • A grubby gardener’s game for a laugh - The tale of Alan Duncan and his not-so-secret gardener underpins the fast-emerging irony about the “surveillance society” - 17th August
  • Yum Yum Yentob sings for his supper - After a mixed week for the BBC on the courage-under-fire front, a rousing thank the Lord for Alan Yentob - 10th August
  • Gordo the fingernail vs Cam the puppet - Here we go again. Every four or five years, without fail, the prospect of a live, televised election scrap between the party leaders is tantalisingly raised, and this time it might even happen - 3rd August
  • Comical Desi's sword of truth - These are not words I expected to write without some potent psychotropic substance seeping through an intravenous drip, but Richard Desmond becomes a role model to us all - 27th July
  • A BBC chief in need of media training - With concerns about BBC ageism intensifying all the time, the fear grows that director general Mark Thompson and trust chairman Michael Lyons will be retired before the fight over "top slicing" the licence fee is resolved - 20th July
  • A polygraph test for pompous politicians - A spat between Ed Balls and The Spectator's political editor Fraser Nelson suggests a refinement to an old idea about how the media should deal with political whoppers - 6th July
  • How to get ahead in hackery... - There are many compelling reasons to offer up what was known in her most memorable Sun headline to date (on the death of Dr Harold Shipman) as a rousing "Ship, Ship, Hooray" on Rebekah Wade's ascension to become News International's chief executive - 29th June
  • Shed a tear for the life of Brian - As the expenses aftershock continues to radiate, this seems a good moment to stand back and consider what the exes scandal tells us about this industry.Here I am indebted to Brian Binley, the Tory MP who contributed such a splendid piece to Friday’s Independent - 22nd June
  • The happy union of Marx and Enoch - I am overjoyed to report not only that the neo-Cromwellian ambitions of Simon Heffer thrive, but that in pursuance of them he has formed potentially the most significant left-right axis Britain has known for more than 60 years - 1st June
  • A TV Discard Party to clean up politics - Things move so quickly in neo-revolutionary Britain, but at the time of writing there is reckoned to be an 80 per cent chance that Esther Rantzen will shortly confirm her intention to contest Margaret Moran's Luton South seat - 25th May
  • At last a rival for Humphrys and Paxo - The Sun last week devoted many pages to covering the subject of violence committed by women against their men folk. "I want society to understand domestic abuse DOES affect men," said Ian McNicholl, whose former partner has been jailed for seven years for maltreating him horrifically, on the front page - 11th May
  • Chris catches cold as ‘Mail’ goes nuclear - The first Swine Flu Article of the Week award of doubtless many goes unreservedly to Christopher Booker in the Daily Mail for "Pandemic or Panic?" Catchily sub-headed "After Salmonella, Bird Flu, the Millennium Bug ... Should We Actually Be Scared This Time?" - 4th May
  • Bloggers, lend me your smears - In journalism, as elsewhere, the ability to hold one's nerve underfire is a rare quality, and must never be allowed to pass uncommended - 4th May
  • Time to stop these tantrums, Boris - With Boris Johnson continuing on the trail from journalist to Tory titan, as blazed by Winston Churchill, the thoughts turn to the transformed role in Conservative affairs played by the News of the World - 6th April
  • A wounded educationalist such as Alastair would excel as an Etonian housemaster - On behalf of an old friend in urgent need of a proper job, I begin with a public appeal. Are you, or do you know, the head of one our leading public schools with a vacancy for the teacher of politics, media studies, modern languages, softly pornographic English literature, intelligence dossier précising or any of the other academic disciplines in which Alastair Campbell is known to excel? - 30th March
  • The PCC is backing a new form of journalism – the living obituary - The author of a rave review of a restaurant that closed the day before it was published, I am well aware that lead times catch many of us from to time. Last Tuesday's Jade Goody tribute edition, replete with black border and "In loving memory" strapline, was rotten luck for owner Richard Desmond. Some might even wonder whether enticing potential purchasers with the promise of her "final words" should interest the Trade Descriptions boys - 23rd March
  • The apprentice's guide to finding a scoop – lift a line from Wikipedia - 16th March
  • Mum's never really been the word when it comes to blood relatives - Every now and then, even those of us who prefer to leave other families to their own lunacy, judging that we have ample of that in our own, are obliged to take sides - 9th March
  • The Government might deny it, but the Mail still delivers Labour's agenda - 2nd March
  • Mel’s mad blog is balm for the anguished soul - In these irredeemably dismal times, all I can honestly do is ask you – beg you on all fours, in fact, hands grasping your knees in frenzied imprecation – to take advantage of the finest non-chemical upper available to humanity. I refer, of course, to Melanie Phillips’s Spectator website-hosted blog - 23rd February
  • Press watchdog bites back at toothless claim - It is with some distress that we turn to the unseemly spat between the Media Standards Trust and Sir Christopher Meyer, chairman of the Press Complaints Commission - 16th February
  • Oh, Carol... a victim of the age of the snitch - In any round-up of the Battle of Thatcher's Gob, a special mention in dispatches goes to The Times for sidestepping the lure of overkill on Friday with only the two pieces from non-white writers with personal insight as to why "golliwog" isn't as harmless as some insist - 9th February
  • Forget the punchline and the joke's on you, Kelvin - Seemingly unconvinced by his boss Rebekah Wade's bullish Cudlipp Lecture (of which more below), Kelvin MacKenzie looks to diversify - 2nd February
  • Why everyone wants to buy British - The best of British to the Daily Mirror's drive to beat the slump by getting us all to Buy British - 19th January
  • Joe as a war correspondent is plumbing the depths of journalism - In an enchantingly post-modern twist on Scoop, Joe the Plumber has been sent to Israel as a war correspondent by a conservative US web site - 13th January

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