An angry reader has offered an editorial chief £10,000 to fight a weekly newspaper journalist with whom he has a grievance.
The wealthy reader, described as a “regular, rich complainant,” offered the cash to KM Group editorial director Ian Carter in exchange for allowing him fight the reporter, who works for the Kent Messenger.
It is understood the reader, a landlord based in Maidstone, has a “long-running grievance” with the journalist in question and made the offer during a 53-minute phone call to Ian on Thursday.
Ian posted about the complaint on Twitter, joking the venture could open up a “new revenue stream” for the local press group.
He tweeted: “Just spend 53 minutes on the phone to regular, rich complainant who has offered me £10k [if] I’ll let him fight the reporter who upset him.
“Lots of interest from fellow editors in offer I got from a reader who wants to pay £10k to fight a KM journalist. New revenue stream ahoy.”
One reader urged Ian to take the offer and give half the cash to the reporter in question, to which he replied: “Just checking the Editors’ Code, can’t see any reason not to.”
Ian told HTFP: “The reporter was pretty tempted too. Sadly I had to decline though.”