Boris invites Murdoch to the Olympics

News Corp head will be the Mayor's personal guest at Rebecca Adlington's swimming final.

Boris Johnson appears determined to live up to his reputation as Rupert Murdoch's greatest remaining ally in British politics. The Evening Standard reports that the Mayor of London has invited Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng, to be his personal guests at Rebecca Adlington’s swimming final this Friday.

It's a further act of political differentiation by Boris, well aware that no cabinet minister could afford to be seen with Murdoch. The pair have long admired each other, with Murdoch recently declaring on Twitter that the Mayor "writes like a dream", and Boris hailing Murdoch as a business genius during his appearance on Charlie Rose last month. That Boris is prepared to maintain their friendship, even with several of Murdoch's former lieutenants soon to stand trial over phone-hacking, is evidence of what he regards as his political invincibility.

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, and his wife, Wendi Deng. Photograph: Getty Images.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.