Newsnight editor Ian Katz brands Rachel Reeves "boring snoring" in Twitter fail

The programme's new editor insults the Labour shadow cabinet minister and refers to his former trade as "snooooozepapers".

After last night's Newsnight, an eclectic edition featuring interviews with Chris Huhne, Alex Turner and Rachel Reeves, new editor Ian Katz decided to share his thoughts on the programme with a friend on Twitter. Unfortunately, he also did so with his other 26,563 followers after accidentally posting a public message.

Katz, the former deputy editor of the Guardian, branded Reeves, the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, "boring snoring" and referred to his former trade as "snooooozepapers". 

An unsurprisingly aggrieved Reeves, who discussed zero-hour contracts and Ed Miliband's trade union reforms on the show, sarcastically replied: "thanks..."

Katz has now apologised to Reeves but what about those still unfortunate enough to work for "snooooozepapers"?

Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves.

I'm a mole, innit.

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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.