Norman Lebrecht quits Evening Standard9:45, 12th February 2015
Norman Lebrecht, outspoken scourge of the music establishment, is leaving the London Evening Standard this week after 15 years as an arts columnist and a former assistant editor.
He joined the paper in March 2002 with a brief to revitalise arts coverage. He said today: ‘I have had a wonderful time at the Standard and leave behind some very good friends and colleagues. But after writing a weekly column for 15 years I owe myself a short sabbatical and my desire for a break coincided with a change of direction at the Standard.
‘The new editor, Geordie Greig, very kindly asked me to stay on, but I have a new series coming up on BBC Radio 3, a novel coming out next month and a sheaf of plans to continue writing about the arts in my own particular way, so it seemed a good moment to make a clean break. I wish the Standard and those who work in it nothing but the best for the future.’
Evening Standard editor Geordie Greig said: ‘Norman Lebrecht has been an extraordinary presence in the Standard and a great commentator on the arts in general. Norman has told us about his exciting plans for the future, and we wish him the very best on his new radio series and his new book.’
Norman Lebrecht’s novel, The Game of Opposites, is published by Pantheon Books, New York, on 7 July.