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…

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 recent months, so Buzzfeed is a natural stable for the exodus. If his witty and fascinating Twitter feed is anything to go by, Chivers will fit in well…

UPDATE: And another! Stephen Bush is off to edit the Staggers blog. Will the last person to leave the Telegraph please do the Morning Briefing…

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 where he is Digital Director. He will be responsible for all of TMG’s Digital Media. Malcolm will start in early 2015.

In addition, the following appointments have been made:

Robert Winnett, Deputy Editor and Deputy Director of Content, will be responsible for News content both online and in paper. Rob will oversee The Telegraph’s homepage, UK News, World, Politics, Breaking News, Print Production as well as Sport, Comment, Obits, Court & Social & Letters.

Allister Heath, Deputy Editor and Deputy Director of Content, will oversee all Business content including personal finance. In addition he will be responsible for the Tech and Property sections both online and in paper.

Ian MacGregor is appointed, Director, Leisure in addition to Weekend Editor. Ian will oversee the following sections: Travel, Arts & Entertainment and Cars as well as the specialist channels of food & drink, gardening, interiors, health & wellbeing and puzzles.

Kate Day is appointed Director, Future Media. Kate will help to shape strategy for digital media for TMG, identifying trends, opportunities and requirements. As part of this expanded role, she will liaise with a range of technology and media companies. Kate also assumes responsibility for devising and implementing all editorial staff digital training.

Additionally, there will be an announcement of Director of Lifestyle, overseeing magazines, features, fashion, luxury and beauty in due course.

Poor Ian Macgregor, once editor of the Sunday Telegraph, has been reduced to commissioning the sudoku. It’s almost as if they’re trying to force him out.

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:

Just a month ago “J-Lo” was promoted:

“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.”

And now he’s off. Who is going to upload the shaky footage from Chris Hope’s iPad now?

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…[…]

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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 […]

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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”[…]

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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

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