Another Telegraph Departure

Landing in inboxes this morning was the last Telegraph morning briefing from Stephen Bush before he leaves for the Staggers. Wonder what that headline could mean…

Oborne Allegations Shot Down By Three-Breasted Woman

In his withering resignation statement Peter Oborne revealed the final straw that left him with no choice but to quit:

“On 22 September Telegraph online ran a story about a woman with three breasts. One despairing executive told me that it was known this was false even before the story was published. I have no doubt it was published in order to generate online traffic, at which it may have succeeded. I am not saying that online traffic is unimportant, but over the long term, however, such episodes inflict incalculable damage on the reputation of the paper.”

Today Jasmine Tridevil hits back, insisting Oborne is wrong and that there is nothing false about her third titty:

“I know my breasts are real and I do not care what anybody thinks.”

Has Peter boobed?

Spot the Change in Telegraph Editorial Policy

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Tories Deny Watson’s Theory re Bryant and the Telegraph

A warning for anyone thinking of going for lunch with Chris Bryant:

“[Telegraph political correspondent] Matthew Holehouse told me at lunch at Quirinale that he had been accidentally included in a series of email exchanges between senior figures at Conservative Central Office who were speculating about which Labour sitting MPs were paedophiles and how they should deploy this ‘information’. Matthew seemed to think that this showed that CCHQ was run by a bunch of children and he said it was worse than Damian McBride. He reckoned the paper would be running the story later that week, unless the powers that be intervened. I asked him which senior figures were involved. He said ‘very senior’, but refused to elaborate. He also refused to tell me which Labour MPs were speculated about. He didn’t believe that any of the emails’ allegations were anything other than nasty vindictiveness and an attempt to smear Labour MPs.”

A Tory spokesman is pretty clear:

“This is completely false and without foundation.”

Let’s see the emails…

Leaked Memo Shows Telegraph Offered Sony “Support Across Editorial”

In their response to Peter Oborne’s explosive resignation, the Telegraph strenuously denied allegations the distinction between editorial content and advertising is being blurred:

“We aim to provide all our commercial partners with a range of advertising solutions, but the distinction between advertising and our award-winning editorial operation has always been fundamental to our business. We utterly refute [sic] any allegation to the contrary.”

Media Guido has obtained a memo sent in October from Sony to the Telegraph’s ‘Create’ department, which produces sponsored content. The Deputy Managing Director of Sony Pictures thanks them specifically for their “unique” “integrated… editorial and paid for” content. Stuart Williams openly confirms Sony received “support across editorial, promotions and media” as part of “the partnership with the Telegraph” on the film Fury. The last line is killer:

“From our side we are really delighted with how the partnership with the Telegraph on Fury has turned out.  We were very pleased last year with Captain Phillips with yourselves and this has taken it to a new level.  The activity and support across editorial, promotions and media has been truly outstanding and the enthusiasm, creative thinking and hard work by all the team has made it such a success.  We look forward to seeing some of the numbers on the impact of the activity online.  We were also really pleased you came on board as a partner at the LFF for the regional screenings and streaming, we hope you also felt this was a successful addition for you too.  It really made it a complete partnership on the campaign.  I do think the Telegraph are unique in being able to offer a really integrated solution that genuinely works in editorial and paid for activity.

Incidentally, the Telegraph review of Fury described it as “astonishing” and “gripping” drama that “brings us as close to an understanding of war as cinema can”:

“The distinction between advertising and our award-winning editorial operation has always been fundamental…”

PETER OBORNE QUITS TELEGRAPH

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Five years ago I was invited to become the chief political commentator of the Telegraph. It was a job I was very proud to accept. The Telegraph has long been the most important conservative-leaning newspaper in Britain, admired as much for its integrity as for its superb news coverage. When I joined the Telegraph had just broken the MPs’ expenses scandal, the most important political scoop of the 21st century.

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Leon Brittan Buried in Accordance With Jewish Customs

The Telegraph, Mirror, Metro and Mail have all followed up Exaro’s top scoop that Leon Brittan has been buried in an unmarked grave for fear it would be vandalised. The MailOnline headline has however since been changed with no explanation, though the URL remains the same:

Why the subtle change? As is being pointed out this morning, and as the new Mail copy states: “In accordance with Jewish tradition, the former home secretary is said to have been interred in an simple plot without flowers in Golders Green Cemetery”.

Wonder what other assumptions Exaro have failed to check…

James Kirkup Telegraph Reverse Ferret

A ray of sunshine for the Telegraph at last. James Kirkup, who decided in November to leave the paper this year, has changed his mind. MediaGuido understands his planned departure in the spring has been reversed and he has now agreed to stay to write comment and analysis online.

Did they make him an offer he couldn’t refuse?

Exclusive: Matthew d’Ancona to Guardian

Guido hears the Cameroon venerable bede Matthew D’Ancona is off to the Guardian, after the Sunday Telegraph‘s somewhat bizarre decision to wield the axe.

Islington based d’Ancona will fit right in.

Congratulations…[…]

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Yet Another Telegraph Departure

Still they come. Telegraph assistant comment editor Tom Chivers is the latest name to leave Buckingham Palace Road, joining his former boss Rob Colvile at Buzzfeed. The paper of Bill Deedes has stooped to listicles and cat pictures in […]

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Permanent Revolution at the Telegraph Continues

Via Gorkana, the permanent revolution at the Telegraph continues:

Malcolm Coles has been appointed to the position of Director, Digital Media, replacing Ben Clissitt who leaves TMG at the end of the year. Malcolm joins from the Mirror Online

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Telegraph Lose Head of Planning After Just a Month

Congratulations to whoever had ‘Monday lunchtime’ in  the sweepstake for when the next person to leave the Telegraph would quit:

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