Telegraph Bloodbath: Ian MacGregor ‘Not’ Demoted

Telegraph editor Chris Evans has been described as “the most hated man on Fleet Street”, “horrifically rude” and “the biggest bastard at the Telegraph”. Yesterday he addressed the paper’s remaining staff, telling them “it’s been a difficult week, I’m here to talk about the future”. The changes are wholesale…

Evans told the newsroom the paper would be streamlined so it consists of just five departments, answerable directly to him. The home and foreign news teams – historically both hugely respected in their own right – will now be merged into one department. Personal finance, traditionally one of the most important sections of the paper, will be merged with the City and Tech pages into a Money department. Lifestyle, Motoring and Gardening will become another department. Weekend editor Ian MacGregor – long loathed by Evans – is now the Culture editor as well, the fourth department. This is not a demotion says the TMG press office. The fifth department is Sport. Evans tried to spin senior job losses as meaning hacks would have to deal with “fewer chiefs”… 

‘Digital media director’ Malcolm Coles has been given a new desk in the middle of the newsroom – he will be in charge of “innovation and search engine optimisation” and answer to the editor. Evans said Coles will be “at the heart of the new strategy and the new newsroom”. As you can see from his Twitter, Coles’ main interests lie in ‘viral content’, gifs and animal pictures.

During the half-hour address Evans is said to have lost the room. At one point a disgruntled journalist confronted him and asked: “How are we supposed to produce quality journalism if we keep firing people?”. Evans replied: “By doing everything I’ve just explained to you”. He will go down as the editor who changed the Telegraph beyond all recognition, from the paper of Bill Deedes and Charles Moore to cheap clickbait about child pole dancers

UPDATE: The Telegraph Media Group’s press office write: “We have not merged departments.” Our newsroom source says “they definitely have”.

Telegraph Bloodbath: New Jobs Cull Underway

The Telegraph has begun another round of job cuts. Several journalists were informed yesterday that they would be losing their jobs, including the respected Home Affairs correspondent David Barrett, who has been there nearly eight years. That decision has caused particular consternation because the paper is currently in the middle of a ‘Border security’ campaign. It is rumoured there will not be a replacement and that the Home Affairs role will be picked up by the Lobby. Today’s Telegraph runs such top scoops as “Man trolls neighbour with pro-Brexit sign”, but the paper doesn’t have a Home Affairs correspondent. It’s as if bosses are implementing a Vietcong strategy: take one out and everyone wants to leave…

Also hitting morale is the closure of the canteen at Buckingham Palace Road. Hacks are expected to be in the newsroom at 5:30 a.m. and previously relied on the canteen for a hearty breakfast of sausages, beans and eggs to get them through the morning. Now they are being told by stingy bosses to bring packed lunches…

UPDATE: MediaGuido hears at least a dozen senior Telegraph journalists have lost their jobs this afternoon.

UPDATE II: MediaGuardian says among those culled are deputy editor Liz Hunt, feature writer Harry Wallop, Middle East editor Richard Spencer, head of arts and entertainment Andrew Pettie, and chief foreign correspondent Colin Freeman.

Crick Crick’d

Michael Crick finally touched on the Labour expenses fraud on Wednesday, having previously devoted his coverage to the Tory version of the story. After a brief chase around Smith Square, Guido caught up with him for a chat. On the other parties, he promises “more in the next few days”…

Supreme Court Finds in Favour of PJS

The Supreme Court has found in favour of PJS, ruling that the rich and powerful can hide their misdemeanours from public knowledge. Farcically, Judge Mance concluded that PJS is “likely to be granted a permanent injunction notwithstanding the internet and social media publication” – despite admitting that anyone can access the information online, the judge has decided it is illegal to publish in print. The judge describes how PJS’s “solicitors have been doing their best to remove offending URLs and web pages”, well whatever he says they have demonstrably failed. He talks of how coverage on the internet has been “restricted“. He is asking for Chinese-style restrictions of what you can read online in England…

Lord Toulson disagreed with the other judges on the panel, arguing:

“that where the information is widely available, the form of the publication should not make a significant difference”

He is of course correct, but was outvoted by his fellow judges. The internet has made an ass of the law…

The ruling specifically excludes those in public office from the privacy protections. So it is still open season on politicians…

BBC Admits Running Remain Adverts In “Error”

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Yesterday, Guido reported that the BBC was running official Remain campaign adverts on its website abroad – targeting expat voters. This is despite the fact it has consistently denied taking pro-EU cash…

A Beeb spokesman gets in touch to confirm they did indeed run the adverts, in “error”:

“This advert appeared outside the UK as the result of a third party error and was blocked as soon as we were alerted to it. We are investigating how this happened and we are taking steps to prevent this happening in the future.”

“Third party” adverts can be filtered to avoid marketing content that is inappropriate for your organisation. Something the BBC clearly didn’t do…

Proof: Remain Campaign is Paying BBC

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This is what British ex-pats overseas are seeing when they go online at the UK politics page of the BBC News websiteThe BBC website is – in clear breach of internal guidelines – pushing adverts from the official Remain campaign. The BBC has previously denied being in receipt of pro-EU funds. Here is the evidence in plain digital colour…

Graphic via Peter Thompson/Heat.St

Farage Plays Hardball With BBC

On Friday Guido revealed the BBC had offered Nigel Farage a panel debate with Nicola Sturgeon in front of an under-30 audience in Glasgow. The development this morning is that Nige has rejected this initial proposal and is holding out for a place at the box office Wembley debate on 21 June. Sources familiar with the UKIP leader’s thinking believe he deserves to take part in the main debate and plans to play hardball, refusing to accept anything less than that. They have cheekily offered Diane James for the Glasgow debate instead. It’s understandable why Nige wants Wembley, he will feel his rightful place is at the biggest debate of them all. Though if he doesn’t get it and he refuses the Sturgeon clash he could be left with just a Q&A on ITV. Surely one prime-time BBC One national debate is better than none… 

Milo & Mensch Go Snowflakey Over Facebook

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Louise Mensch and Milo Yiannopoulos are getting worked up about the revelation that Facebook’s “Trending News” discriminates against right-leaning news sources. This means their outlets Heat Street and Breitbart are being denied traffic by Facebook. Facebook had kinda-sorta pretended that their Trending News function was an algorithm driven objective news curator. Gizmodo revealed that it was actually curated by left-biased human editors. 

Steve Hilton over at CrowdPac gives us a clue why that might be:

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CrowdPac shows that Tom Stocky, Facebook’s VP of Search who is responsible for the “trending” feature, is a major donor to Hillary Clinton. In fact based on all his contributions the data shows that he is to the left of Clinton. CrowdPac says the rest of Facebook’s “content team” skews even further to the left based on previous donations to political candidates and causes. So now you know Facebook are probably not politically neutral.

Milo and Mensch are now demanding a meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, presumably in a safe space, to discuss this suppressing of conservatives and libertarians after he invited “leading conservatives and people from across the political spectrum” to share their views. Zuck also denies Facebook is biased. 

So what if Facebook is left-of-centre? Are lefties entitled to a meeting with Rupert Murdoch to complain that the Wall Street Journal is right-of-centre? Louise tweets that even though Facebook is a private firm, “it is governed by terms of business that state objectivity and EU data law too”. No idea what she means by that, nor does Guido think publishers should be required to be even-handed. Guido isn’t in his equivalent “Seen Elsewhere” links.  If a private firm was required to be “objective” in editorial decisions, Guido would oppose that. A free press is not required to meet up to some illusory measure of “objectivity“. Milo and Mensch should stop whining like snowflakes about how unfair it is. Winners compete, not whine.

Farage and Sturgeon Set For Head-to-Head BBC Debate

Guido understands the BBC has invited Nicola Sturgeon and Nigel Farage to take part in a head-to-head referendum debate in Glasgow. The hour-long face-off is due to take place on May 26 on BBC1 at 8pm. Audience members will be […]

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Rusbridger Out

Yesterday the Scott Trust, owners of the Guardian, met to discuss whether Alan Rusbridger would take over as chair as agreed two years ago. The Trust was split on whether this should still happen – current editor Kath Viner and […]

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Well Played, Paddy

Criticism of Sadiq Khan over his links to Suliman Gani fell flat partly because Cameron and Fallon cocked up their attack lines, though the new mayor’s spin operation deserves credit too. Paddy Hennessy successfully convinced his mates in the Lobby […]

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TV Referendum Debate Dates For Your Diary

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On 2 June Cameron and Gove will take part in an hour-long programme on Sky News, a face-to-face live interview with Faisal Islam followed by a question-and-answer session with Kay Burley and a live studio audience.

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John Hemming:

“The logical conclusion of this is that gossip about anyone with children will become a criminal offence subject to a potential penalty of 2 years’s imprisonment… the Supreme Court have not learnt from the lesson of King Canute that there are realities that it is not practical to resist. PJS and others should really study what happened in respect of Barbra Streisand when she tried to constrain freedom of speech.”

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