Seiken Shutting Telegraph Blogs

The crumbling of The Telegraph continues. Dan Hannan reports this morning that The Telegraph is now incorporating its blogs into the online comment section in much the same way that Daily Mail online did before effectively shutting Right Minds.  Hannan writes:

This is it. The last post. After nearly eight years, Telegraph blogs is coming to an end. It comes as quite a shock to realise that mine is the only column to have been present from the beginning to the end.

How things have changed in those eight years. Back in 2007, blogs were new and unproved. Established columnists disdained them, and assured their readers that they would never take off. Some excitable bloggers spoke of displacing the old media.

Neither thing happened. Instead, blogs became part of the media scene, often attached to an established newspaper title. Simply by existing, they changed the terms of trade. No longer could the old media asphyxiate a story by choosing not to report it.

The difference between an online title and that newspaper title’s blogs has become indifferent to the readers. Though readers often enjoy writing that is fresher and not part of the metropolitan establishment’s groupthink, decided by consensus in editorial meetings –  something that worries Guido as we expand our stable of writers (yes we’re hiring). Hannan is off to Iain Martin’s CapX

Ben Brogan to Spin for Lloyds

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Ben Brogan is riding over to the dark side on a black horse. The Daily Telegraph’s former political and deputy editor is crossing over to the more lucrative world of banking as Public Affairs Director for Lloyds Banking Group. Finally dashing the hopes of those of us hoping for him to launch a British version of Politico…

Exclusive: James Kirkup Leaving Telegraph

MediaGuido can reveal the Telegraph’s Executive Editor (Politics) James Kirkup is the next big name out.

Despite only recently being promoted following Ben Brogan’s departure, Kirkup will be leaving in the spring.

Another senior figure out…

Telegraph Bloodbath: D’Ancona Out After 19 Years

End of an era for the Telegraph on two fronts today:

This morning’s paper also saw Tim Walker’s last Mandrake diary column…

UPDATE: MediaGuido hears bad news for the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine as well.

UPDATE II: Seven magazine also rumoured to be axed.

UPDATE III: Telegraph source: “What the f**k are we gonna fill the paper with? Sheer vandalism.”

Telegraph Unveils Replacement for Sacked Staff

55 human redundancies expected in the next few weeks…

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 […]

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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. […]

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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

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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.

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