UK Hacks give up the struggle

Let the vendors run the editorial show

That mainstay of the British IT establishment, Computer Weekly, is turning to ever more deperate ideas to get out of the area known as 'terribly dull' and move into the 'slightly less dull' arena. So it was that this week's issue had a guest editor from the industry who "oversaw news reporting, chose features and wrote the leader". In fact, the only area of Computer Weakly that remained in the hands of its skilled editorial team was the tragically unfunny 'Downtime' column. We look forward to Bill Gates' turn at the helm, if only to cut down on the number of terminally dull Linux stories. Perhaps Craig Barrett could get a few more features in about log cabins and fly fishing. Phillipe Kahn might give us some tips on saxaphone technique and Eckhard Pfeiffer could no doubt write an interesting editorial on how to run a successful business. The only question that remains is what exactly CW's hacks were up to while the group IT controller of Blue Circle was at the helm? Controlling Blue Circle's IT, perhaps? Sounds like a good swap to us - someone with no journalistic experience running Computer Weekly and a bunch of hacks with no IT experience looking after a multi-million dollar IT department. ®

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