Job Culls Coming at Indy, Guardian, Telegraph

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Evgeny Lebedev is expected to close the Indy and Sindy print editions as soon as tonight. Of the 150 full-time staff, just 20 or so look like they’ll moving over to the i paper. It will not be difficult for the owners to find voluntary redundancies. Many journalists at the Indy will be loathe to work for the much-derided, clickbait-obsessed online offering.

Meanwhile the Guardian is imposing 20% cuts, with staff warned in an email this morning that “As our staff costs are by far our biggest overhead, one outcome of the budgeting process may be that redundancies are proposed”. They are looking at 100 redundancies, and according to Beth Rigby they want to start with their “on leave” columnist Seumas Milne. He is in line for a £90,000 payout.

Media sources tell Guido that the Telegraph is set to announce a jobs cull next week. Print journalists there are furious at the dumbing down of content for their own ‘digital first’, Indy-style clickbait-based website. You will often find the exact same traffic-farming stories on the Telegraph site as you will on the Indy online. See the Telegraph’s “Man with two penises writes tell-all memoir” and the i100’s “The man with two penises has now written a tell-all memoir”. 

The FT have some killer numbers:

“Fleet Street’s large newsroom may be unsustainable. The Times had 454 editorial staff at last count, The Sun 525, the Daily Telegraph 662 and The Guardian, following expansion overseas, 925.”

Online-only is the only option. The question now is how proprietors and executives will reconcile the trend for traffic-driving churnalism to the pay the bills with actual, old-fashioned journalism in the digital age. The future of journalism is specialism, the most profitable online media operations have focus, that generates specific audience demographics that can be packaged for advertisers at premium prices.

Telegraph Frees the Nipple

The paper of Bill Deedes has crossed the Rubicon and freed the nipple. Scroll down on this click-chasing article about “72 hour drug-fuelled sex binges” and readers of Her Majesty’s Telegraph are confronted with a stock photo of a lady whose arm doesn’t quite cover her modesty:

A change in policy, or was it a big boob?

Telegraph Falls For EU Shills

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The Telegraph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, usually sound on economics, has endorsed the apocalyptic claims of EU sockpuppets Agra, exposed last week by Guido as being in the pay of Brussels, having pocketed over €200,000 in 2014 alone. The organisation has released a hyperbolic report titled “Preparing For Brexit”, claiming that  90% of farmers wouldn’t survive the loss of subsidies occasioned by EU withdrawal. Evans-Pritchard seems to accept this absurd exercise in EU spin however, and  is at pains to state that the “Agra report is not a propaganda document. It is a detailed text, carefully researched, written for industry insiders. It is not to be dismissed lightly”Really?

Readers will be pleased to hear that they can purchase Agra’s report for only £500 here. Despite having already paid for it via Euro-taxes…

UPDATE: Ambrose responds, sounds like he feels deceived:

Telegraph Hacks’ Fury at Dumbing Down of Content

The Telegraph has suffered an exodus of seasoned reporters yet there is good news on the horizon: the paper is hiring no fewer than five new “social media and search engine optimisation” staff. They will be working with “Director of Digital Media” Malcolm Coles to produce more of the Telegraph’s recent tepid Buzzfeed-style “trending news” content:

Trained reporters on the paper are furious to the point of mutiny. They feel they bring in the stories that fill the paper and generate most of the online traffic, yet their work is diluted by the outpouring of ‘digital friendly’ clickbait about male genitalia and cheeky Nando’s ‘banter’. The newsroom feeling is that Telegraph execs don’t have a clue about how the internet works, and that the policy of hiring Mirror Online rejects to create limited, low level traffic rather than proper journalists doing real stories is vandalising their newspaper. The once proud paper of Bill Deedes, Charles Moore and Max Hastings is now more likely to tell you about Photoshop fails, cutesy animal pictures and whether or not you have an above-average sized willy…

Telegraph Capitulate to Nutjobs

An enjoyably punchy headline above Jeremy Warner’s Telegraph piece today:

Cue Corbynistas boarding the outrage bus and demanding an apology. Warner stood his ground:

Eventually, the Telegraph bottled it and gave in. This is their updated – much more PC – headline:

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A victory for the loony left…

Telegraph and Mail Fall for Greek F-16 Cash Dash Hoax

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The Telegraph and Mail have just pulled articles claiming that a Hellenic Air Force pilot made an unscheduled stop in Turkey in order circumvent cash withdrawal restrictions in Greece:

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The hoax appears to have originated on French aviation blog RadioCocpit.fr. It managed to convince both the Telegraph and Mail that a pilot flying on patrol over the Greek island of Samos landed his plane on an abandoned Turkish airfield, hid it in a hangar, legged it to a hole in the wall, and withdrew €2,000 before scrambling his plane back into the sky.

Maybe he was just playing hide and Greek…

IPSO Throw Out Vexatious Europhile Whinge

The press regulator has dismissed a spurious complaint brought against the Telegraph by Bill Emmott, ex-editor of the Economist. Emmott claimed in a long whinge that Toby Young’s review of his ‘Great European Disaster Movie’, a piece of swivel-eyed, pro-EU propaganda broadcast by the BBC last year, contained a string of inaccuracies. Despite it being a TV review and obviously an opinion piece.

This is what IPSO found:

“The article under complaint was a television review, and was clearly signalled as such in both style and positioning. Readers would therefore understand that it represented the columnist’s personal interpretation of the film.

The points made by the columnist were his interpretation of the information which had been presented and the newspaper was able to explain, by reference to material contained in the documentary, the basis for the columnist’s views.  Given the nature of the piece, the Committee did not consider that there had been a failure to take care not to publish inaccurate information, not did it establish the existence of any inaccuracies requiring correction.”

You can enjoy the full, accurate article here.

Toby tells MediaGuido:

“Eurosceptics will have to get used to vexatious complaints like this from swivel-eyed europhiles in the run up to the referendum. Thank God IPSO came to the right conclusion.” 

Chilling.

Peter Oborne Rejoins the Mail

Peter Oborne, who dramatically quit the Telegraph in February, will be rejoining the Mail according to sources at both papers.

The Daily Telegraph’s former chief political commentator cited the troubled broadsheet’s coverage of the HSBC banking scandal – or lack thereof – in a well timed career move.

Oborne starts in September…but will it be the only high profile political move from the Telegraph to the Mail this autumn?

Climate Change Could Transform Hull Into ‘Venice of the North’

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The Telegraph’s Science Editor, Sarah Knapton, seems to be having a bit of fun at the expense of the people of Hull today. In an article titled “Will Hull still exist in 100 years?” Knapton reports on remarks made by the head of policy at the Town and Country Planning Association, Hugh Ellis, repeating without question his claim that “the science tells us” the sea level will rise by at least 120cm in the next century. Apparently Hull will end up under water.

Knapton then repeats an old warning from the Royal Institute of British Architects that Hull could be transformed into the ‘Venice of the north” if climate change is allowed to rage unabated. Will the locals be falling out of nightblubs at 2am into gondolas?

Telegraph Telling Fracking Porkies

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The Telegraph  have outdone themselves today with the spectacularly misleading article “Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drilling – Rapidly mounting evidence points to fracking and drilling causing quakes.The piece about fracking in the US is helpfully illustrated with a picture of the Grange Hill shale gas rig Blackpool…

A quick scan through the article reveals that scientists blame waste water injection NOT fracking for the increase in minor earth temors.

“Scientists have mainly attributed the spike to the injection of waste water deep underground, a practice they say can activate dormant faults. Only a few cases of shaking have been blamed on fracking”

The injection of waste water into fracking wells in banned in the UK…

Telegraph in Super Spider Eco-Garbage Shame

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The Telegraph ran a bizarre article last week, claiming that the “the scariest thing about global warming” is “giant, super-fast spiders“:

Forget floods, droughts, sea-level rise and even the melting polar ice caps. Here’s a really compelling reason to worry about global warming. Spiders. Research has already suggested that there will be more of them – and they will grow bigger – as temperatures rise.

The source of the Telegraph’s scoop? A study where some researchers heated up tarantulas to see what happened – they ran around a bit faster and fell over a lot.

Gaia imagines they’d get similar results with cats, or low paid online churnalists…

 

UKIP’s Favourite Journalist Chris Hope Reads Angry Tweets

Ex-Telegraph Hack’s Pol Pot Twitter Smackdown

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Former Telegraph blogger Martha Gill didn’t mince her words when obituarising Jason “Psycho” Seiken’s reign of terror.

Former colleagues who survived Seiken’s axe might not be best pleased with her choice of words…

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Developing…

UPDATE: Seiken speaks:

“I’m proud of how the Telegraph has become a digital leader, and I’m gratified that the Telegraph has seen such a large growth in its digital audience. The company has a great future and will continue to thrive. I wish all my colleagues at the Telegraph the very best for the future.”

And TMG chief executive Murdoch MacLennan says:

“We completely understand Jason’s regrettable decision to move on to new opportunities now that he has completed his work here. He has been a much valued colleague, providing a great deal of input into identifying future strategy for the Telegraph Media Group to ensure we remain a world-class and commercially successful media organisation. We wish him well.”

Jazz Hands: Telegraph’s Secret Ronnie Scott’s Briefing Goes Tits Up

Handbags over in The Lobby as the Telegraph un-invite any hack not from the Telegraph to a Telegraph/Ad Week event with Lynton Crosby:

After briefing the event out, invitations have now been withdrawn. Yet something tells Guido the national media are going to turn up anyway…

Telegraph Three Years Late To Spook Scoop

GCHQ at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

The Telegraph ran what appeared to be something of an exclusive this week, reporting that GCHQ are telling business to consider stripping smart phones from staff in order to avoid cyber attacks. Ben Riley-Smith bragged about documents “seen by The Telegraph” that warn firms that their employees are the weakest link in the security chain.

Where did the Telegraph get hold of these top secret documents? Surely they’re not this publicly available advice first published by GCHQ three years ago? 

PM Met Three Top Telegraph Men in Three Months

With whom did the Prime Minister have a “general discussion” early last year?

And who did he meet two months later?

Wonder what they could have discussed

Yet Another Mainstream Media UKIP Smear

“UKIP candidate gets date of General Election wrong on campaign poster” claimed the Telegraph this morning, publishing a leaflet from soon to be red-faced candidate John Tennant, who had embarrassingly told voters to turn out on May 6 instead of May 7.

Just one problem with the story: the leaflet was from 2010, when polling day was May 6. Whoops!

UPDATE: The Telegraph have now pulled the story.

Telegraph Mysteriously Drop Front Page Facebook Story

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The Telegraph were clearly taken with the government’s line yesterday that the organisation most at fault for failing to prevent the Lee Rigby murder was Facebook, running it on their front page this morning. Odd then, that the story is not available anywhere on the Telegraph website. A spokesman would only say that not everything in the paper makes it online, but this was the second main story on the front page. Why would the Telegraph unlike it?

UPDATE: And just like that, the article has now been published online here.

Telegraph and Guardian At War

Last night the Telegraph dismissed the Guardian as “cushioned from commercial reality by a generously-endowed charitable trust”, this afternoon they accuse them of hypocrisy:

“in July last year Apple bought wraparound advertising on The Guardian’s website and stipulated that the advertising should not be placed next to negative news.

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