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Missed your fill of Telegraph stories about men with two penises recently? As part of its ‘digital first’ focus the paper has implemented a disastrous new Content Management System, which fell over on six separate days in the last two weeks. The new “AEM Authoring” system, the baby of zany Digital Director Malcolm Coles, has required “emergency” work because news stories could not be uploaded to the site. Then came a further hiccup: “Editorial are currently experiencing delays when publishing content”. Journalists complained that their copy was unable to be published on June 3, 4, 7, 8, 10 and 11. On Saturday another problem arose: “Editorial are unable to create new articles”To be fair that could be down to the CMS, or it could be because they’ve fired half their writers…

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.

Gove’s New Speechwriter is Telegraph’s Will Heaven

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Will Heaven, comment editor at The Sunday Telegraph, is going to work as Michael Gove’s new speechwriter at the Ministry of Justice. The author of Were Michael Gove and Boris drunk on Monday night?” is much liked around SW1. Gove enjoys making speeches that are both ideological and take the fight to the enemy…

Emily Nomates Moves to Telegraph

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Juliet Samuel – the artist formerly known as Emily Nomates – has landed a column at The Telegraph. Formerly of this parish, Juliet went on to City AM, The Times and was latterly at the Wall Street Journal. She is now back doing politics…

Media Organisations Using Offshore Havens

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Guido is enjoying the squirming of the offshore elite as much as anyone – the Icelandic premier is a corker, the Putin case study is great, the Bollywood stars who make their millions from millions of poor Indians will find it hard to survive the reputational hit. All very enjoyable.

It is worth mentioning that most of the UK’s big media organisations shelter assets and cash flows offshore. Top of the hypocrites in this respect is The Guardian. They put their assets in the Caymans, and they used a Luxembourg tax shell designed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers to funnel cash flows beyond the reach of HMRC. They previously blamed the difficult economic environment for committing the sins for which they condemn others. This isn’t just hypocrisy, this is an insult to us all. The Guardian’s entire heritage is one of tax dodging, the original founding Scott Trust was itself a tax dodge. They have year after year avoided tens of millions of taxes…

Other media organisations using offshore entities include the Huffington Post – whose journalists criticised Amazon for doing the same. The owners of the Mail, News UK and The Telegraph also have various offshore tax-efficient structures. Facebook, Google and Guido are not UK-owned though in the latter groups’ cases they have at least never claimed to be in favour of clamping down on tax havens. Guido’s point is that the likes of the Guardian should practice what they preach, hold all their assets in the UK and pay all the taxes which will consequently arise.

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Tom Harris to Lead Scottish Freedom Campaign

Former Labour minister Tom Harris has been weighing up back Leave for the last few weeks – today we have his decision. The Telegraph’s newly-appointed resident Corbyn-basher has announced he will be running the Scottish Vote Leave campaign, firing off some tartan truth bullets this morning:

“Every week the UK sends £350 million to the EU. Scotland’s share is roughly a tenth of that – more than £1.5 billion per year. Just think what that money could buy here in Scotland – on schools, on our health service, repairing our roads – if it wasn’t being sent into the black hole that is EU spending”

They can take your money, will they take your freedom?

Media Diversity

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The Times, Telegraph and Independent all went for the same cliché headline, used to cover countless budgets and spending reviews beforeThe rest of the unpopular press following in the Indy’s footsteps is not a good omen for the Times and Telegraph…

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Tory Grassroots Poll: Boris Beats Osborne, Remainers Sink

If it’s a straight fight between Boris and Osborne on the Tory leadership ballot paper there is only one winner. The Telegraph have polled the heads of 50 Conservative associations and Boris is the preferred choice, though almost half are undecided.[…] Read the rest

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Job Culls Coming at Indy, Guardian, Telegraph

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Evgeny Lebedev is expected to close the Indy and Sindy print editions as soon as tonight. Of the 150 full-time staff, just 20 or so look like they’ll moving over to the i paper. It will not be difficult for the owners to find voluntary redundancies. […] Read the rest

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Telegraph Frees the Nipple

The paper of Bill Deedes has crossed the Rubicon and freed the nipple. Scroll down on this click-chasing article about “72 hour drug-fuelled sex binges” and readers of Her Majesty’s Telegraph are confronted with a stock photo of a lady whose arm doesn’t quite cover her modesty:

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Telegraph Falls For EU Shills

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The Telegraph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, usually sound on economics, has endorsed the apocalyptic claims of EU sockpuppets Agra, exposed last week by Guido as being in the pay of Brussels, having pocketed over €200,000 in 2014 alone. The organisation has released a hyperbolic report titled “Preparing For Brexit”, claiming that  90% of farmers wouldn’t survive the loss of subsidies occasioned by EU withdrawal.[…] Read the rest

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Telegraph Hacks’ Fury at Dumbing Down of Content

The Telegraph has suffered an exodus of seasoned reporters yet there is good news on the horizon: the paper is hiring no fewer than five new “social media and search engine optimisation” staff. They will be working with “Director of Digital Media” Malcolm Coles to produce more of the Telegraph’s recent tepid Buzzfeed-style “trending news” content:

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Telegraph Capitulate to Nutjobs

An enjoyably punchy headline above Jeremy Warner’s Telegraph piece today:

Cue Corbynistas boarding the outrage bus and demanding an apology. Warner stood his ground:

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Telegraph and Mail Fall for Greek F-16 Cash Dash Hoax

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The Telegraph and Mail have just pulled articles claiming that a Hellenic Air Force pilot made an unscheduled stop in Turkey in order circumvent cash withdrawal restrictions in Greece:

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The hoax appears to have originated on French aviation blog RadioCocpit.fr. It managed to convince both the Telegraph and Mail that a pilot flying on patrol over the Greek island of Samos landed his plane on an abandoned Turkish airfield, hid it in a hangar, legged it to a hole in the wall, and withdrew €2,000 before scrambling his plane back into the sky.[…] Read the rest

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