January 23rd, 2014

Is Brogan “In Office Without Power”?


Ben Brogan is one of Guido’s favourite political journalists, so it was of some concern when Guido was told last night that he had been stripped of his “Deputy Editor” title. He is still a columnist and author of the best morning politics email in the trade. Of course if he resigned he would lose out on any payoff…

The new American Telegraph boss Jason Seiken gave a buzzword filled presentation to hacks yesterday which has done nothing to reassure newsroom sceptics about the digital promised land into which they are heading. When he was asked were they still the “Torygraph” the answer was less than resounding; yes, in the printed paper that was a “differentiator” though the online version might be different, he told them.

The joke doing the rounds following the sacking of Tony Gallagher is that his replacement is an Acting Print Editor (APE). He will answer to a new Coordinating Head of Internet Media Projects (CHIMP) who will in turn take orders from a new parent company Barclay And Barclay Offshore Online News (BABOON). Appropriate given the new digital content costs peanuts.

An author commissioned to write an article for online only tells Guido that she was expecting to be paid between 50p to a £1 a word and was shocked when she was offered a free three month subscription to the Telegraph online worth £5. She told the cheeky monkeys to forget it…


  1. 1
    Crap crap crap says:

    People are comissioned to write articles for online?
    You could’ve fooled me – the standard of spelling and syntax is appalling.


    • 4
      Crap crap crap says:

      And punctuatoin.


    • 13
      Service station mayhem says:

      “Fifteen months out from a general election campaign, Labour is holding a symposium on what they might do in Government.”

      My advise to labour would be eat a twin pack of fig rolls this evening and have a good friday morning poo.


      • 27
        Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Immigrants, Criminals & other Wasters. says:

        This sounds like the McRuin style of leadership. I can’t afford another Labour Government so Australia beckons!


      • 44
        Anonymous says:

        @ 13 3:29 pm. I have no objection to the advice you suggest,but how would we be able to distinguish the difference,if any, between the poo & what they might do in Goverment?


    • 15
      sleepless in Seattle or says:

      Has the new American Telegraph boss Jason Seiken heard of UKIP – or is he Clueless in Settle?


    • 41
      Arse says:

      “An author commissioned to write an article”

      Dr Brooke Magnanti charges by the hour not the word.


  2. 2
    Vote Ukip? says:

    Nigel Farage (Jan. 17, 2014): “Our Head Office reported to me that they’ve taken many calls from Greeks wanting to join Ukip…to all those Greeks out there, do come and sign up!”

    In the early Nineteenth Century, the British assisted the Greeks in throwing off the tyranny that oppressed Greece. Now, nearly two centuries later, will the Greeks assist the British in throwing off the tyranny that oppresses Britain?


  3. 3
    The Right Honourable George Osborne MP says:

    When I took this job, Britain was borrowing more than £400 million every single day to pay for government spending. But as a result of the painful cuts we’ve made, the deficit is down by a third and we’re borrowing nearly £3000 less for every one of you and for every family in the country.


  4. 5
    Kin L says:

    £1 a word? I’m in the wrong business.

    No wonder the papers are going tits up when they pay that sort of Silly money.

    Now I understand how Polly has a mansion on Primrose Hill and a villa in Tuscany.


    • 23
      kmc says:

      I can type complete crap at 50 words per minute, so I should definitely apply! Hell, for £1 per word I’ll even make sure they’re spelt correctly, which is something no-one at the Telegraph ever does.

      A bit worrying about the end bit, though – do they really expect people to write decent articles for nothing more than a free 3-month subscription to an online magazine full of articles written by people who are paid nothing more than a free 3-month subscription? Pay peanuts, get monkeys..


      • 33
        Dontvoteforanyofthem says:

        More the case that they expect people to write for the cost of a subscription that they can have for free by deleting their Telegraph.co.uk cookies.

        In other words, they want their writers to work for free.


  5. 6
    Lord Gaga says:

    I had a boss who was Business Unit Manager. I agreed.


  6. 7
    AnusButtocks says:

    i first took a copy of the telegraph to gain an understanding of Colonel Gaddafi’s incursion into Chad in ’87.

    From there i took it more or less daily, until the Barclay bruvs took control.

    Now i wouldnt wipe me bunghole with it


    • 43
      An industry in terminal decline says:

      Maybe it’s gone down hill over the years, but maybe we’re all wised up a bit since the dawn of the Internet age, and the rubbish the MSM spoon-fed us back then we no longer naively swallow.


  7. 8
    altruism in industry says:

    that will be six quid, thanks


  8. 9
    Newsfox says:

    The Barclay Brothers via Brillo Neil heaved in a load of PA journos to cut costs years ago so this had been coming..Mailograph.


  9. 10
    Hugh Janus says:

    Sounds as though the once-great DT is in its final death throes.


    • 12
      Never read it says:

      Hope not. I pick up a free one in Waitrose twice a week. Absolutely fab for lighting the woodburner. And I do the Sudokos even though they’re a bit easy.


  10. 11
    Unrest in Fareham. Hancocks son attacks a snapper says:


  11. 16
    Unemployed hacker says:

    All rather appropriate

    The British Press was trashed by Maxwell, Murdoch, Black, Desmond and Co

    Now it is being BABOONED by Barclays Bros

    What next?

    Can’t we find a resident owner for British papers?

    Or, like everything slese, do we have to sell ourselves out to a bunch of offshore Charlies?


  12. 19
    Yanks go home says:

    I see Jason Seiken is ex AOL (!) ex PBS (the US public broadcaster!) and ex Washington Post

    About as British as our Vladimir Putin…


  13. 25
    The Granby Wine Bar says:


    You must keep up with the times

    Wine bars are one of the biggest purveyors of the white stuff you know – just try a wine bar in the City to find out

    Westminister is becoming a large centre of consumption as well now…


  14. 26
    The British media are cunts says:

    The British press, fucking useless, just about dead and buried.


  15. 28
    Not A fan says:

    Ben Brogan was just another tart/journo that, because he had free reign in a national newspaper, began to have self-delusionary episodes in which he became important.
    The “Digital Promised Land” will turn out to be a massive disappointment for the millions of, otherwise, unemployable PPE hacks that distort the official government statistics.


  16. 29
    bergen says:

    God knows what the great Bill Deedes would have made of the fools running his beloved Telegraph these days.


  17. 30
    Pedant on duty says:

    That should be ‘free rein’ – think horses.


  18. 31

    There is also the On-line Reporting And News Gathering Unit, TV And Newscasts (Orangutan)


  19. 34
    RIP Benny says:


  20. 35
    Lord Hastings of Falklands says:

    I get a far better rate of pay from TMG than that! I get mates rates!


  21. 37
    Lord Black of Good Connections says:

    Then of course it could be another Aidan barclay’s Recently Scheduled Execution
    or ARSE


  22. 40
    Anonymous says:

    My media chum tells me that he believes that Seiken will do for Telegraph what Archie Norman did for the Tories.


  23. 46
    Anonymous says:

    All the Mail cast offs on the Telegraph can try to crawl back to Dacre.


  24. 47
    chrisb says:

    Calling Ben Brogan a journalist is like calling a puppet a method actor. He has no views of his own; all he spouts is his masters’ bidding.


  25. 53
    Witty Moniker says:

    Does this mean they’re going to get a paywall that actually works?


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