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A US sports website that wants to dominate the British football market has made a series of high-profile new signings, including an award-winning Guardian football writer and a BBC reporter with a massive following among London football fans.The incredible hiring spree has been described as “setting off a bomb” in the industry.BuzzFeed News has learned that the Athletic’s latest hires are the Guardian’s chief football writer Daniel Taylor and the BBC’s top football correspondent David Ornstein.Taylor, who scooped the country’s top journalism accolades for breaking the UK’s football child abuse scandal, recently told the Guardian he’d be leaving after nearly 20 years at the newspaper.Meanwhile, Ornstein, who has grown a cult following on Twitter for his tweets about transfer news and Arsenal, told BBC colleagues yesterday of the news. Ornstein declined to comment when asked questions by BuzzFeed News.
They’re not the only ones to be lured away. Sources say the Guardian is also expecting to lose football writer Amy Lawrence, London correspondent Dominic Fifield, and Midlands/Wales correspondent Stuart James. The Guardian declined to comment when contacted on Wednesday.At the Daily Mail, executive sports news editor Laura Williamson; Midlands correspondent Laurie Whitwell; and Adam Crafton, recipient of the 2017 Young Sports Writer of the Year award from the Sports Journalists’ Association, are also believed to be moving.
Last couple of days at the Daily Mail for me. I’ve had incredible opportunities, seen parts of the world I did not know existed and had so much fun the last few years. But now for something new…. 😊 🙉
10:22 AM – 13 Jul 2019
The Times’ football department has already been gutted. As BuzzFeed News reported last month, the newspaper’s chief sports correspondent Oliver Kay, northern sports correspondent George Caulkin, and sports editor Alex Kay-Jelski are leaving, as is the Independent’s sports editor Ed Ma
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