It's Monday so the media supplements are out. The independent's still has scarcely any ads - though it does have one big gorgeous colour one on its inside cover ... for itself, promoting its pointless Shakespeare dead tree posters and booklets. Instant binliner material. A total waste of natural resources.
The Guardian carries more media employment ad freight, but a great deal for itself in its brand background pastels. Editorial pages 6, 7 and 8 carry only Guardian-linked ads. Then in its 14-page ads section proper it has 24 more ads for Guardian media companies and its own ad team. Some of these ads are huge: the one for the "Group human resources executive" takes up about a third of the page. On page 16, of nine ads, six are for Guardian-related posts, taking up about 75+% of the sheet. I guess the Scott Trust pays out to itself.
At the bottom of these ads is the message: "We welcome applications from any individual regardless of ethnic origin, gender, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation or age." Really? So how many black paraplegics over the age of 50 work on the MediaGuardian section? I can't see them for the white clever under-30s males who are, er, "en route".