Jan Moir

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Jan Moir
BornAugust 1958 (age 60–61)
ResidenceWest London
OccupationColumnist, restaurant reviewer
Known forOpinion column in Daily Mail

Jan Moir (born August 1958)[1] is a British newspaper columnist.[2][3] She works for the Daily Mail and several of her articles have provoked widespread criticism, such as an article about Stephen Gately that disputed his official cause of death and linked his death to his sexuality.


Moir currently works for the Daily Mail,[2] having previously worked for The Daily Telegraph[4] and The Observer newspapers.[5] While at The Daily Telegraph she wrote the restaurant column "Are You Ready To Order?". Moir has won several newspaper awards including the Society of Women Writers' "Lynda Lee-Potter award" for the outstanding woman journalist of the year.[6] the British Press Awards 'Interviewer of the Year', and What The Papers Say Feature Writer of the Year.

Stephen Gately article[edit]

In October 2009, Moir wrote an article about Boyzone singer Stephen Gately's death, arguing that his death was not of natural causes, despite this being the conclusion of the coroner's report, and linking his death to his sexuality and same-sex civil partnership. The article was published in the Daily Mail six days after the singer's death, before his funeral.[2] The article provoked much criticism,[7] with Guardian columnist Charlie Brooker, for example, describing her article as "a gratuitous piece of gay-bashing" and urging readers to contact the Press Complaints Commission, albeit somewhat ironically.[8] After receiving a record number of complaints, the PCC announced that it would investigate.[9][10] Moir wrote an article in the newspaper a week later entitled "The truth about my views on the tragic death of Stephen Gately".[11] On 6 November 2009, Moir was awarded the Stonewall Bigot of the Year Award jointly with Father John Owen.[12]

On 17 February 2010, the Press Complaints Commission, whose chairman at the time was Paul Dacre, the editor of the Daily Mail, confirmed that although it was "uncomfortable with the tenor of the columnist's remarks", it would not uphold the complaints made. The Crown Prosecution Service also concluded that there was insufficient evidence that the article had breached the law.[13] In an interview on the BBC Radio's Today programme, PCC chairwoman Baroness Buscombe said the commission found the article "in many areas extremely distasteful" but that the Daily Mail had escaped censure because it "just failed to cross the line".[14]

Later incidents[edit]

On 30 July 2012, Moir made headlines in the Netherlands[15][16] when she called Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos "some bitch from Holland"[17] after she defeated Lizzy Armitstead in the Olympic Women's road race and won the gold medal.

On 23 April 2013, Moir accused Welsh mezzo-soprano singer Katherine Jenkins of being "fame-hungry" when she ran the London Marathon whilst wearing make-up, designer sunglasses, and diamond earrings, and criticised her further for wearing a black suit with a plunging neckline to Margaret Thatcher's funeral a week before. Although Jenkins had raised £25,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support nurses in memory of her father who had died of cancer, the headline read "Katherine the (I'm so) Great: A Marathon in Full Make-Up. 'Cathedral Cleavage' at Lady T's Funeral. Shy and Retiring Ms Jenkins Simply Can't Help Stealing the Limelight".[18] Jenkins tweeted in response, "I adore and support other women [and] wish you could do the same"[19] Katy Brand in The Daily Telegraph reported that Jenkins' comments about Moir's article had been "retweeted hundreds, even thousands of times."[20]


  1. ^ She was 45 in May 2002 (see "Not dead yet", The Times, London, 28 May 2002); her birthday is in August (see "Jan Moir searches Italy for the perfect birthday treat", The Guardian, London, 27 August 1995, p. 5)
  2. ^ a b c Moir, Jan (16 October 2009). "A strange, lonely and troubling death..." Daily Mail. London.
  3. ^ Jan Moir Are You Ready To Order? website, retrieved 16 October 2009.
  4. ^ Jan Moir's Daily Telegraph columns. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  5. ^ Jan Moir's Guardian columns. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  6. ^ Cozens, Claire (26 October 2005). "Telegraph's Moir wins journalism award". The Guardian. London.
  7. ^ Greenslade, Roy (16 October 2009). "Mail columnist provokes homophobia storm over Stephen Gately's death". The Guardian. London.
  8. ^ Brooker, Charlie (16 October 2009). "Why there was nothing 'human' about Jan Moir's column on the death of Stephen Gately". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  9. ^ Booth, Robert (16 October 2009). "Daily Mail column on Stephen Gately death provokes record complaints". The Guardian. London. Complaints poured in to the Press Complaints Commission at the fastest rate in its history, causing its website to crash.
  10. ^ Sabbagh, Dan (19 October 2009). "Record 21,000 complaints to watchdog on Daily Mail article on Stephen Gately", The Times, London.
  11. ^ Moir, Jan (23 October 2009). "The truth about my views on the tragic death of Stephen Gately". Daily Mail. London.
  12. ^ Geen, Jessica (6 November 2009). "Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir wins Stonewall Bigot of the Year award". Pink News. London.
  13. ^ The Guardian, 18 February 2010
  14. ^ "Gately column complaint rejected". BBC News. 18 February 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  15. ^ "Daily Mail: Vos is een 'bitch'". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 30 July 2012. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012.
  16. ^ Geerdink, J. (30 July 2012). "Daily Mail: Vos some bitch from Holland". spitsnieuws.nl (in Dutch).
  17. ^ Jan Moir "Jan Moir's view from the sofa: Just what HAS happened to Sharron's face?", Daily Mail, 30 July 2012
  18. ^ "Daily Mail: Katherine the (I'm so) Great: A marathon in full make-up. 'Cathedral cleavage' at Lady T's funeral. Shy and retiring Ms Jenkins simply can't help stealing the limelight, says JAN MOIR". Daily Mail. 23 April 2013.
  19. ^ The Times, Wednesday 24 April 2013
  20. ^ Katy Brand "Katherine Jenkins v Jan Moir: Twitter wins the first round", Daily Telegraph, 24 April 2013