Mike Dunn, pictured right, the not-universally-loved head of sport on the Currant Bun, is to depart once the football World Cup is over, having been effectively asked to re-apply for his own job. It appears that Allen, having been passed over in the new regime, is also now seeking “fresh challenges”.
And Isaac Newton was right when he postulated that every action has an equal and opposite reaction: Dunn has quickly found alternative employment. The former News of the World sports editor has landed a job with a suitably grand title to look after the digital offerings at The Independent group of papers. This is much to the astonishment of his former colleagues at Wapping, who suggest that Dunn had little interest in the website activities when he worked there.
The departure of Stefano Hadfield soon after the unwatched, if not unheralded, launch of London Live television channel appears to have created the opening for Dunn, or at least freed up the cash in the Indy’s tight budgets. But where the Dunn appointment might leave senior staff on the merged sports desks of the Independent, the i paper, IoS and the Evening Standard, will just have to be left to your imagination, just as it has been left to the imagination of said staff by the management.