Monday, July 14, 2014

Yet Another Pol Ed at the Telegraph
Peter Dominiczak Gets a Crack at the Whip

More changes at the Telegraph:

  • James Kirkup goes upstairs as Executive Editor (Politics)
  • Peter “Domintrix” Dominiczak becomes Pol Ed.
  • Deputy Pol Ed is still being advertised.

The Telegraph lobby team in Westminster remains relatively sheltered from the bloodbath up the road…

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mitchell’s Plebgate Libel Trial Scheduled for December
Million Pound Costs Risk

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It will be all over by Christmas. Andrew Mitchell’s libel hearing against The Sun is scheduled for the first two weeks of December in the High Court. The losing side will be a million pounds worse off after costs alone. Meanwhile the Metropolitan Police are expected, because it is in the public interest as a matter of public confidence in the police, to publish the findings of Operation Alice –  the investigation into who passed information to The Sun and The Telegraph newspapers about the “Plebgate” incident, including whether the leak came from within the police force or from a third party.

Operation Alice examined a police witness statement from the incident and investigated if there was a conspiracy between the officer and another party. It also investigated claims made by Mitchell that police lied in the police log of the incident. Mitchell himself is also being sued for defamation by a policeman, a case that will be held in January. All this will be aired at the same time as Mitchell is trying to talk up his prospects of becoming an EU commissioner…

Friday, June 27, 2014

Telegraph Axes Six Sports Writers

Roy Greenslade reports that six more journalists have been axed from the sports desk:

Ian Chadband, cricket analyst Simon Hughes, athletics correspondent Simon Hart, sailing and cricket writer Kate Laven, and Graham Clutton, who covered rugby and football for the paper from Wales… JA McGrath, the Australian-born racing columnist known as Hotspur who used to commentate for the BBC.

Still they have hired that great writer and former England batsman Kevin Pietersen…

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Another Swing of the Axe at the Telegraph

The Telegraph’s evening email political briefing is kaput. It is no more. It is, along with Brogan’s much missed Morning Briefing, a former email:

THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT
This is the last Telegraph Politics Evening Briefing for the foreseeable future. From next week, you’ll be able to find our regular analysis and observations on telegraph.co.uk and in our print edition.

Over the last year, providing this briefing has been a lot of fun, and the best of it by far has been hearing from you, the readers: your responses have almost invariably been enlightening and entertaining, and we thank you for them all.

Which seems a little odd for an organisation that apparently has a “digital first” strategy. Is anything sacred at the Telegraph?

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Telegraph Lifestyle to go 100% Digital

Dan Hickey, the Utahn Head of Lifesytle at the Telegraph, who previously ran a walking magazine, has told hacks at the bruised paper that they are planning to take all lifestyle content “100 percent digital”, including magazines and supplements. Needless to say this has gone down like a (designer) mug of cold sick.

Ben Brogone

The Brogan email was lacking its usual pithy intro and headline name, this morning.

Brutal.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EXCLUSIVE:  Brogan Out at Telegraph – Mass Sacking Morning

Telegraph sources suggest a bloodbath at the Buckingham Place Road. Rumours of mass sacking including Ben Brogan. He isn’t answering his phone. Telegraph sources are adamant he is out.

SACKED: 

  • Telegraph film critic and Sunday Telegraph columnist Jenny McCartney fired.
  • Business editor Tim Jotischky sacked.
  • Cole Moreton lead interviewer and feature writer for the Sunday Telegraph out.
  • Understand news reporter and writer Lucy Kinder out.
  • Telegraph sources say features writer Neil Tweedie is out, along with head of commercial video James Weeks.

Telegraph Announce 40 New E-Jobs

Apparently it’s only good news at the Telegraph, if the press release is anything to go by:

TELEGRAPH CREATES 40 NEW JOBS
WITH SIGNIFICANT NEW INVESTMENT IN QUALITY JOURNALISM

Forty editorial jobs across the Telegraph Media Group (TMG) – many advertised today on the Telegraph jobs site and on Gorkana – are being created as the business makes a significant new investment in quality journalism.

  • Dan Adcock, currently head of SEO at ITV, joining as Head of Technical SEO;

  • Mark Molloy, a journalist who helped drive record page views at Metro, joining the expanding Social Media team;

  • Kerry McQueeney, formerly of Metro, MSN and Mail Online, joining the Homepage team along with Michael Wilkinson, a digital-focused reporter who, as Public Affairs Correspondent for the Gloucester Citizen, pioneered video journalism for his company’s websites;

  • Adam Sills, who during the past year as the Acting Head of Sport has driven significant growth in digital audience while also launching digital innovations, such as Project Babb, is promoted to the position permanently;

  • in Lifestyle, Jon Stock, currently managing the online Books channel, becoming Executive Head of Life and Weekend, leading three new content hubs:  Gardening (led by Joanna Fortnam), Property/Interiors (led by Stuart Penney) and Food (joined by Elfreda Pownall and Amy Bryant from Stella magazine);

  • Steve Huntingford, who led content creation for the newly launched Telegraph Cars site, becoming the new Head of Motoring. Before joining The Telegraph, Steve worked atWhatCar?, the UK’s biggest car buyers’ guide; and

  • three new appointments in the business team made by Allister HeathBen Wright, the former Editor of Financial News and now City correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in London, joins as Senior City Editor; Lauren Davidson, who works for Quartz in New York, joins as a business reporter; and James Quinn, who has been acting Executive Business Editor, is confirmed in the role permanently. 

Big names scrapped for the digital farm.

UPDATE: Bill Gardner, a 27 year-old reporter at South West News Service, would like the world to know he is joining as a news reporter.

Telegraph Brain Drain: Damian Thompson Out

The Telegraph’s combative blogs editor Damian Thompson has announced he is leaving Buckingham Palace Road “in an entirely amicable parting of the ways”. Where next for the proven talent spotter of young male writers? MediaGuido feels he would be a perfect fit for the new kids on the ranty-scene. Will Thompson join his former superstar blogger James Delingpole and beef up the stretched operation at Breitbart London? “Watch this space,” he says…

UPDATE:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Former Telegraph Editor Launches Coded Attack on Seiken

Former Telegraph editor Charles Moore has launched a blistering coded attack on the paper’s editor-in-chief and ‘chief content officer’ Jason “Psycho” Seiken. Writing in this week’s Speccie, Moore uses the metaphor of Horse and Hound magazine, criticising the countryside periodical for replacing its editor with a “content director”, and accuses other publications that have made up similar new digital job titles of “suffering an identity crisis”:

“Horse and Hound, my other magazine outlet, is to lose its excellent editor, Lucy Higginson. She is to be replaced by a ‘content director’ whose background is as a ‘brand director’. A cull of the section editors is expected… It is well known that most magazines (though not, interestingly, The Spectator) are suffering an identity crisis as the world goes digital, but why is getting rid of editors the answer? The editor of a publication is its maker’s guarantee. His or her loyalty is to the title and, above all, to the readers, even if this sometimes seems to conflict with the wider, short-term interests of the owning group. Readers trust the publication, and therefore buy it, because it is edited. If it isn’t, they won’t, so it will collapse. It is a strange thing that the current media culture, though obsessed by the idea of the ‘brand’, does not recognise that editors and titles are by far the strongest known form of branding in publishing. The trick is to find the best way of expressing this digitally, not to abolish it.”

Who could he possibly be talking about?


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“Many thks for kind wishes following back opn. Incision measured 16cm. A pretty big knife in the back! Photos on request.”



TJ says:

And i’ve noticed that 100% of Guido Fawkes staff are men. Looks like Guido has a woman problem. Or is it an hypocrisy problem?


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