Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Telegraph Side with Nige

The Telegraph would usually be the first out of the traps on an expenses story, but they’ve decided it will be more fun to side with the ‘Kippers and knock the Times today. Brogan has been activated and is talking down the story. The polling, it seems, would agree with his angle, namely that scandal is wasted on Farage because – like Boris – the public have warmed to him. Nothing like a bit of mudslinging to liven up a dull day though.

Ben Brogan: Digital First

The “Digital First strategy” clearly hasn’t reached all parts of the Telegraph. With his slightly more technical assistant on holiday, new Associate Editor (Politics) Ben Brogan had a bit of a struggle writing yesterday’s morning briefing all by himself:

“Tim is off. I can’t find the right button thingy. I’ll try tomorrow.”

Did he fare any better this morning?

“Nope, sorry, can’t quite manage it. Digging out links and fighting with this software is taking ages. But nothing’s happening, believe me. @TimWig is still on holiday.”

If things get any worse we’ll all have to read the WaughRoomMemo…

Monday, April 7, 2014

Will Lewis Partying Like Its 2009
Organising “Telegraph MPs’ Expenses Re-Union Party”

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In what will surely add to the feeling that it is 2009 all over again, Guido hears that Will Lewis, formerly editor of the Daily Telegraph during its MPs’ expenses exposing high point, is organising an “MPs Expenses Re-Union Party” in May to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the award winning scandal. Which seems as fresh today as ever…

Awkwardly Will is now Chief Creative Officer of rivals the News Corporation. Guido looks forward to his invitation…

Monday, March 31, 2014

Allister Heath New Telegraph Deputy Editor

Finally some good news for the Telegraph: Allister Heath is leaving City AM for Buckingham Palace Road:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at City A.M., and it has been hugely exciting watching the paper grow in terms of readers and helping to steer it on the road to profitability. The time was right for me personally to seek a new challenge, and I am very much looking forward to joining the Telegraph.”

One of the best talent-spotters and leader writers in the business, Heath made City AM into a respected and profitable newspaper. He was basically doing all of the Telegraph’s best economic coverage anyway, now he’s made it official…

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Media Bitch Fight Farage / Clegg Special: Kirkup v Oborne

The Telegraph’s James Kirkup hasn’t been very impressed with the profundity of the punditry following last night’s debate. He’s gone off on one this afternoon:

“A lot of stuff being written about the Clegg-Farage debate today could come from the Idiot’s Guide to Being a Political Commentator. It follows the same paint-by-numbers form.

Step One: Pronounce that everyone less clever than you is saying the same thing.

Step Two: Say that they are wrong because actually the opposite thing is true. You know this because you are clever and incisive and other people do not because they are stupid and out-of-touch.

Step Three: There is no Step Three. That’s all there is to it. Really, you can make a very nice living out of this.”

Which of Kirkup’s fellow Telegraph writers followed a very, very similar step by step approach in his own write up? Here’s Peter Oborne:

“British political journalists love to pretend that they are independent and objective, but the majority are nothing of the sort. In Britain we have a system of client journalism, with reporting a manifestation of political class dominance.

Last night’s debate between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg was a very good example of this phenomenon. The lobby wanted a Clegg win and… collectively called victory for Clegg the moment that the debate was over.

It was only when the YouGov poll came through showing that Farage had won the debate hands-down with the public that lobby journalists were forced into an abrupt U-turn.”

Who could Kirkup possibly have been talking about?

UPDATE:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Gallagher: Editor-in-Chef

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Lunching in chi-chi Moro, Islington, Guido had the crab brik with harissa (£9.00) followed by the lamb with hispi cabbage and crispy capers, piquillo sauce and lentils (£19.50), Neo-Guido had the wood roasted pork with smoked almond sauce, wilted escarole and black beans (£19.00) which we washed down with a couple of bottles of Viña Gravonia Crianza (Viura) Lopez de Heredia ’03 (£42.50). The crab was light, the lamb was pink and the only complaint from the dining companions was that the portions weren’t big enough. When the waiter was asked for a recommendation he said “its your lunch”. Though his guidance on the wine was faultless.

Mid-lunch Guido’s phone buzzed with a tweet referencing @GuidoFawkes by one of their junior kitchen staff saying we were dining at the restaurant. A star-struck faux pas that will surely turn off other more publicity-shy celebrity diners. Guido was popping to the loo round the back when he bumped into Tony Gallagher, former editor of The Telegraph, in his kitchen whites. Fifty this year, Tony is learning a new trade and had spent the morning peeling artichokes, “lots of them”. He told Guido that the kitchen at Moro is run on very democratic lines and there is no shouting. This will be a change in working environment for him.

For dessert we had a satisfying Gallagher Malaga raisin ice cream  (£6.50) with two spoons. “Don’t be nasty” pleaded the former tyrant of The Telegraph newsroom nervously as he sportingly posed for his picture. As if…

Friday, February 21, 2014

Brogan Moved to Associate Ed, Winnett Becomes Deputy Ed

Last month Guido asked if Telegraph deputy editor Ben Brogan was “in office without power” following rumours from Buckingham Palace Road that he had been stripped of his title. Today “chief content officer” Jason ‘Psycho’ Seiken has announced that Brogan “will return to writing full time as Associate Editor, Politics. He will now produce more high- value content on political matters across all platforms.” Political editor James Kirkup is promoted to Executive Editor, Politics and Rob Winnett is promoted to one of three new Deputy Editor positions. Brogan ain’t one of em…

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Alistair Osborne Going to Times

 The exodus from Telegraph continues under the new Psycho-Seiken editor-in-chief. Alistair Osborne is going to The Times as Business Commentator – so that’s Kamal Ahmed, Richard Fletcher and him all gone in a few weeks. Guido also hears that the glass walls of the offices of senior editorial staff are coming down and they now have to sit exposed to the rest of the newsroom…

Friday, January 31, 2014

Tony Gallagher Burns Craig Oliver

There was no way sacked Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher was going to go quietly:

Oooh, get her…

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Is Brogan “In Office Without Power”?

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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…


Seen Elsewhere

Jason Groves New Mail Deputy Pol Ed | MediaGuido
Cocaine Conservatives | Standard
Jezza Browne Responds to LibDem Haters | LibDem Voice
Why Britain Needs to Leave the EU | Douglas Carswell
Who Tells Ed When He’s Wrong? | Speccie
Hands Off Our Cojones, Mr Clegg | Laura Perrins
London Live Averaging Just 2,400 Viewers | Forbes
Ed’s Constitutional Failure | ConHome
UKIP Poster Girl’s Naked Photos | Sun
Miliband’s Radical Old Labour Agenda | Fraser Nelson
Meet Team Miliband | Dan Hodges


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Dan Hodges on Team Miliband:

“‘Poisonous’, was the picture painted by one former senior advisor. ‘Dysfunctional,’ said one shadow cabinet member. ‘A bunch of medieval courtiers, not an office,’ said another. The most positive description I could get was ‘It’s a work in progress. They’re learning. Slowly. But they are learning.’”



Nick Clegg says:

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