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Columnist axed over Rangers row gets her job back

Angela HaggertyA Sunday newspaper columnist who was axed in the wake of a row over claims of sectarianism at a leading football club has got her job back.

As previously reported by HTFP, Angela Haggerty, left, was told her column in Glasgow’s Sunday Herald had been terminated after having voiced support for fellow writer Graham Spiers.

Daily stablemate The Herald apologised to Rangers FC last month after Graham questioned whether the club was doing enough to tackle offensive chanting among its supporters and claiming an un-named club director had praised a sectarian chant.

The Herald maintained it had “no option” but to apologise to the club, saying Graham’s assertions could not have been defended in court.

Angela then waded into the row on social media, offering “solidarity” with Graham on Twitter, and was later informed by Herald & Times Group editor-in-chief Magnus Llewellin that her column had been axed.

However both Angela and Sunday Herald editor Neil Mackay have now announced it will return this weekend.

Angela tweeted:  “Great news folks *drumroll*: Delighted to say I’ll be returning to my column in @newsundayherald from this Sunday. Smashing.”

Moments later Neil also tweeted: “I’m pleased to let Sunday Herald readers know that @AngelaHaggerty will be returning as a columnist from this weekend. Read her on Sunday.”


As well as voicing support for Graham, Angela had previously written about her departure from the Newsquest-owned Herald in a strongly-worded piece for online magazine Bella Caledonia.

She wrote at the time: “I’m saddened that what could have been a great relationship with the Herald has ended this way.”

“In terms of the Rangers situation, I hope this incident will be an eye-opener for those unaware of the influence of Glasgow football clubs and those connected to them on the media in Scotland. This is a serious problem, and it should be examined further.”

“You have to ask who the winner out of this is. In this episode, it’s Rangers Football Club, but on a wider level it exposes the influence of corporate interests in our media. In the current financial landscape, that influence is ever more prominent.”

Rangers has previously denied putting any pressure on The Herald saying it had simply asked the paper if it could prove the allegations.

A spokesman for the club told HTFP at the time that there had been no legal complaint or legal action taken against the paper and that it was satisfied with the apology.


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  • February 19, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Being off work agrees with her, she looks a lot younger

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  • February 19, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Glad to hear some good has materialised out this absolute farce.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    As long as she happy to work for someone who she thought treated her badly. A job’s a job after all nowadays. Good luck to her.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    As far as I can tell, she has a good relationship with the Sunday Herald and editor Neil Mackay – it was The Herald Group editor Magnus Llewellin who decided she wasn’t writing a column anymore. It’s been a shambles and I don’t think The Herald Group will be winning any PR awards.

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