DIARY: Senior journalists are desperate for a slice of PR action, claims Monk

Ian Monk is not, repeat not, looking for an editorship. The MacLaurin board director has most recently been linked with the soon-to-be-vacant editor's seat at Richard Desmond's troubled Daily Express.

MacLaurin is currently working for Desmond's Northern & Shell Publishing company on a contract basis.

Last year Monk, a former deputy editor of the Express and 12-year Daily Mail veteran, was linked with the editor's hot seat at The Scotsman. Scotsman Publications and publisher Andrew Neill are a long-established MacLaurin client. Notice a pattern?

Agency boss Brian MacLaurin puts the constant rumours down to journalists, 'believing an editor's position to be the Holy Grail', while Monk says such a move would be 'regressive' and, more emphatically, 'absolute bollocks'.

'The most fun to be had with the media is now from outside it,' says the journalist-turned-media PRO, who is also a shareholder in the agency.

'I know some of the most senior journalists in the industry who are desperately looking to get into PR,' claims Monk.

Mmm. Diary can think of plenty of PR people who wouldn't mind a stint editing a national too.

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