Telegraph Bloodbath: ‘Psycho’ Seiken’s Axe Falls on Mandrake

Press Gazette has major news of the next round of Telegraph redundancies, reporting that Jason “Psycho” Seiken is planning to axe the Mandrake diary column and its editor Tim Walker. They say 10% of the Telegraph’s journalists are to be fired, which would be around 55. Walker has been there for 12 years. Brave to get rid of a man who knows where all the bodies are buried…

Chop and Change at Telegraph

A new raft of made up job titles at the Telegraph. Weekday editor Chris Evans move upstairs to become ‘group director of content’, Jason “Psycho” Seiken remains chief content officer and editor in chief and adds “future strategy and direction” to his job title. Allister Heath and Rob Winnett become deputy directors of content. Guido can reveal a raft of further changes:

Associate editor Richard Preston has been appointed head of world news. He replaces David Munk who is joining Guardian Australia at the end of October.

Beijing correspondent Malcolm Moore has been appointed deputy head of world news. Moore is due back from Beijing in December.

Senior video planner Jon Laurence has been appointed to the new role of head of planning, to help deliver digital content across all of editorial.

This post brought to you by Guido’s Deputy Chief Group Content Editor (Media)…

Trinity Mirror CEO Blasts Brooks Newmark Story Critics
Buzzfeed, Telegraph Criticised for Revealing Innocents’ Names

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Trinity Mirror CEO Simon Fox has put out an extremely robust defence of the Sunday Mirror/Brooks Newmark story:

“Whilst this has attracted a barrage of negative comment and the threat of an IPSO investigation, we believe that we were right to publish this story on public interest grounds.

If you have only read or heard the coverage rather than read The Sunday Mirror itself, you will have been left with a very wrong impression of what we did. Most importantly we did not publish any photographs of the women in the story. Nor did we list any names of any MPs other than Brooks Newmark.

The images of the women that you have seen widely reproduced were put there by other publications. The same goes for other MPs including those who have said that they will complain to IPSO.

Mr Brooks Newmark was not just an MP but a Minister (for civil society), with security clearance who took a role in foreign affairs and was co-founder for the campaign group ‘Women2Win’, an initiative designed to get more women into politics.

We acquired this story from a reputable freelance reporter who had set up a fake Twitter account as a Tory PR woman under the name of ‘Sophie’. She/he ‘followed’ on Twitter a number of MPs, celebrities and news organisations.

It is significant that it was Brooks Newmark who initiated the move away from the public forum and into private communication with ‘Sophie’. Since publication of our story and his resignation Mr Newmark has said that he ‘has nobody to blame but himself’.”

Ironically Guido understands that it is Buzzfeed and the Daily Telegraph who have attracted the ire of lawyers acting for parties unnamed by this blog or the Sunday Mirror. In fact one of those innocent parties will be writing for the Sunday Mirror about how she feels about her treatment at the hands of Buzzfeed and the Daily Telegraph..

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…

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…

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…

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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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.[…]

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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.

[…]

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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

[…]

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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 […]

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