Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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?

Friday, May 16, 2014

WATCH: Tim Stanley: I Vow to Thee, My Country

BBC Ignoring Rival Debates Bid

The balanced BBC seems to be ignoring the YouTube / Guardian / Telegraph debates proposal. Guido noticed nothing on any of the BBC news shows. Nothing on the Six or the Ten, Newsnight or the Today programme. Almost as if they want it to go away…

A source from the bid consortium says they have definite positive interest from the parties.

N.B. Guy News is mulling over a debate bid…

Friday, May 9, 2014

Telegraph Calls Time on Top Tim

Telegraph Towers are reeling from the terrible news that their highly personable political powerhouse Tim Wigmore is leaving them. Buckingham Palace Road will have a tough time replacing the invaluable insight and astute political acumen that Wigmore brought to Ben Brogan’s morning email. Not to mention his renowned charm and people skills.

He is off to the Staggers, presumably being lined up for George Eaton’s old job running the blog there, and will be replaced on Brogan duty by Stephen Bush, who has written for LabourList, Progress and the Guardian. Must be one in, one out for lefties. 

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…


Seen Elsewhere

Osborne’s Daycare Obsession is a Time Bomb | Kathy Gyngell
BBC Marr Pinko Trying to Ban the Queen | Speccie
Eric Hobsbawm: Companion of Dishonour | Standpoint
Guido Party Gossip | Iain Dale
Russell Brand Comes Out as 9/11 Truther | Guardian
Health Revolution is Underway | Fraser Nelson
UKIP Gets Professional | Red Box
Kelly Tolhurst Wins Rochester Open Primary | BBC
No.10 Ambushed by EU Prosperity Tax | Times
10 Years of Guido | Iain Dale
Tory MP Tells Leftie Jon Snow to Retire | Guardian


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Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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