Tabloid agendas

Peter Wilby tells us that since 1992 the news agenda has been dominated by royalty, the sex lives of politicians, footballers and pop stars (Media, 11 December). Isn't he really saying that since 1992 the broadsheets have allowed themselves to become dominated by a tabloid news agenda? And isn't the real charge against Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, that, although he has tried to appeal to the huge numbers of Daily Mail readers, this strategy hasn't worked? In Rusbridger's defence it should be noted that the paper continues to publish Mark Steel and Jeremy Hardy, and that it is not always on message.

Keith Flett
London N17

This article first appeared in the 18 December 1998 issue of the New Statesman, A time for unadulterated tradition