Christen Ager-Hanssen, left, has hit out at current JP chief executive Ashley Highfield, who accused Mr Salmond of being “in bed with the Russians” and warned of a reader and advertiser boycott if the former First Minister of Scotland were to join the company’s board.
Mr Salmond has launched a weekly chat show on the RT channel, which is funded by the Russian government, but he has said his own production company Slainte Media is responsible for making the programme.
Ashley issued his warning in an interview with the Sunday Times, but in response Christen has repeated his assertion that “winter is coming” for the current JP board – a reference to popular fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.
Said Ashley: “The fact that Salmond seems to be in bed with the Russians would go against our belief in the editorial independence of our titles.
“We have had a number of readers and advertisers saying they would cancel their subscription or their business if Salmond went onto the board.”
JP said earlier this month that a requisition notice it received from his investment vehicle Custos Group, which called for an extraordinary general meeting, was “invalid”.
In response to Ashley’s comments, Christen told HTFP: “Mr Salmond is a member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council and has run a country as First Minister of Scotland.
“All Mr Highfield has done is run down a fine company wiping out 90pc of shareholder value.
“Personal attacks will get Mr Highfield nowhere with already aggrieved shareholders who quite properly will decide the future of the company. For Mr Highfield, winter [is] coming.”
HTFP has asked Mr Salmond’s office for a comment.