Thursday, February 20, 2014

Alistair Osborne Going to Times

 The exodus from Telegraph continues under the new Psycho-Seiken editor-in-chief. Alistair Osborne is going to The Times as Business Commentator – so that’s Kamal Ahmed, Richard Fletcher and him all gone in a few weeks. Guido also hears that the glass walls of the offices of senior editorial staff are coming down and they now have to sit exposed to the rest of the newsroom…

Friday, January 31, 2014

Tony Gallagher Burns Craig Oliver

There was no way sacked Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher was going to go quietly:

Oooh, get her…

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Is Brogan “In Office Without Power”?

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Ben Brogan is one of Guido’s favourite political journalists, so it was of some concern when Guido was told last night that he had been stripped of his “Deputy Editor” title. He is still a columnist and author of the best morning politics email in the trade. Of course if he resigned he would lose out on any payoff…

The new American Telegraph boss Jason Seiken gave a buzzword filled presentation to hacks yesterday which has done nothing to reassure newsroom sceptics about the digital promised land into which they are heading. When he was asked were they still the “Torygraph” the answer was less than resounding; yes, in the printed paper that was a “differentiator” though the online version might be different, he told them.

The joke doing the rounds following the sacking of Tony Gallagher is that his replacement is an Acting Print Editor (APE). He will answer to a new Coordinating Head of Internet Media Projects (CHIMP) who will in turn take orders from a new parent company Barclay And Barclay Offshore Online News (BABOON). Appropriate given the new digital content costs peanuts.

An author commissioned to write an article for online only tells Guido that she was expecting to be paid between 50p to a £1 a word and was shocked when she was offered a free three month subscription to the Telegraph online worth £5. She told the cheeky monkeys to forget it…

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Telegraph Exodus Continues

The Telegraph digital revolution is going well then. Their social media expert and resident internetz person James Manning has jumped ship to the Sun. Manning was previously best known for his sterling work as Boris Backer, ruining Team Ken’s day again and again during the 2012 mayoral election. So much for that ‘Digital First’ strategy…

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The ‘Most Hated Man on Fleet Street’

The news that Chris ‘rat boy’ Evans has been promoted to acting editor of the weekly Telegraph has gone down like a cup of cold sick over at Buckingham Palace Road. “Everyone hates Chris Evans,” says one hack. Others complain of his unrivalled ability to work out what people’s weaknesses are and to ruthlessly exploit them. “The most hated man on Fleet Street” comes up too,“horrifically rude”. He’s known to be “the biggest bastard at the Telegraph.” Which is impressive, given the competition.

Telegraph Gallagher Statement in Full

Chris Evans and Ian MacGregor will report to Jason Seiken, Chief Content Officer and Editor-in-Chief.

Telegraph Editor Tony Gallagher Leaves

Developing…

Thursday, January 16, 2014

5 Top Tips for UKIP

Amusing video from The Telegraph’s Tim Stanley.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Yet Another Telegraph Departure: Mandrake’s Eden to Mail

More transfer news sees the Telegraph brain drain continue. Diarist Richard Eden, who has edited Mandrake in the Sunday Telegraph since 2008 and has been number two to Tim Walker on the daily, is off to be Sebastian Shakespeare’s deputy at the Mail. He starts in the New Year.

Guido is starting to lose count…

Monday, December 16, 2013

Guardian Poach Jon Swaine From Telegraph

MediaGuido understands the mass exodus at the Telegraph continues, with another big name jumping ship. Jon Swaine, the paper’s Washington correspondent, has handed in his notice and is lined up to be heading to the Guardian.

Does anyone ever leave the Guardian for the Telegraph?


Seen Elsewhere

It’s Time to Speak for England | John Redwood
It Was Me Who Taped Howard Flight | John Woodcock
Indy Editor: We Will Stay Afloat | Press Gazette
English Don’t Want Scotland to Stay at Any Price | Dan Hodges
England Must Have Self-Government Too | Mark Wallace
Next Year’s Election Will Be the Dirtiest Ever | Speccie
Chicken Salmond Runs Away From Sun Cabbie | Sun
Scary No Messages Don’t Add Up | Sun
Feminist War on Children | Laura Perrins
An English Parliament is Inevitable Whatever Happens | Alex Wickham
Union All But Over Even if Scots Vote No | Janan Ganesh


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Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:

“Sunday, May 10, 1998

Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.

After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.

I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.

They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].

I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”



The British media are Hunts says:

Now the SNP know how UKIP voters feel all the time.


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