A veteran columnist on a regional daily newspaper has been axed after a legal row.
Ken Hurst had written a weekly column for the Eastern Daily Press on a freelance basis after previously standing down as the paper’s business editor.
But the column was axed by new editor Nigel Pickover after his latest contribution fell foul of the paper’s legal advisers
The subject matter of the column concerned the recent alleged abduction of a 15-year-old schoolgirl by her 30-year-old male teacher, which has since been made the subject of a section 39 order banning the identification of the victim.
Ken has subsequently described his version of the events leading to his axeing in a series of posts on his blog.
He also revealed that when Nigel offered to take him out to lunch to thank him personally for having written the column, he told the editor to “shove it.”
Said Nigel: “The content of the Eastern Daily Press is completely new every day, which is of course why readers buy it. As an editor, making occasional changes to our 20-plus regular columnists is part of my role.
“We thank Ken for all his words over the years and wish him well in the future.”