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…
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.”
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After briefing the event out, invitations have now been withdrawn.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…
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?
“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.
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.
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.
A Guardian insider said that the headline of an article about Iraq on The Guardian’s website was changed amid concerns about offending Apple, and the article was later removed from the home page entirely.”
Landing in inboxes this morning was the last Telegraph morning briefing from Stephen Bush before he leaves for the Staggers. Wonder what that headline could mean…
In his withering resignation statement Peter Oborne revealed the final straw that left him with no choice but to quit:
“On 22 September Telegraph online ran a story about a woman with three breasts. One despairing executive told me that it was known this was false even before the story was published. I have no doubt it was published in order to generate online traffic, at which it may have succeeded. I am not saying that online traffic is unimportant, but over the long term, however, such episodes inflict incalculable damage on the reputation of the paper.”
Today Jasmine Tridevil hits back, insisting Oborne is wrong and that there is nothing false about her third titty:
“I know my breasts are real and I do not care what anybody thinks.”
Has Peter boobed?
In their response to Peter Oborne’s explosive resignation, the Telegraph strenuously denied allegations the distinction between editorial content and advertising is being blurred:
“We aim to provide all our commercial partners with a range of advertising solutions, but the distinction between advertising and our award-winning editorial operation has always been fundamental to our business. We utterly refute [sic] any allegation to the contrary.”
Media Guido has obtained a memo sent in October from Sony to the Telegraph’s ‘Create’ department, which produces sponsored content. The Deputy Managing Director of Sony Pictures thanks them specifically for their “unique” “integrated… editorial and paid for” content. Stuart Williams openly confirms Sony received “support across editorial, promotions and media” as part of “the partnership with the Telegraph” on the film Fury. The last line is killer:
“From our side we are really delighted with how the partnership with the Telegraph on Fury has turned out. We were very pleased last year with Captain Phillips with yourselves and this has taken it to a new level. The activity and support across editorial, promotions and media has been truly outstanding and the enthusiasm, creative thinking and hard work by all the team has made it such a success. We look forward to seeing some of the numbers on the impact of the activity online. We were also really pleased you came on board as a partner at the LFF for the regional screenings and streaming, we hope you also felt this was a successful addition for you too. It really made it a complete partnership on the campaign. I do think the Telegraph are unique in being able to offer a really integrated solution that genuinely works in editorial and paid for activity.“
Incidentally, the Telegraph review of Fury described it as “astonishing” and “gripping” drama that “brings us as close to an understanding of war as cinema can”:
“The distinction between advertising and our award-winning editorial operation has always been fundamental…”
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Five years ago I was invited to become the chief political commentator of the Telegraph. It was a job I was very proud to accept. The Telegraph has long been the most important conservative-leaning newspaper in Britain, admired as much for its integrity as for its superb news coverage.
The Telegraph, Mirror, Metro and Mail have all followed up Exaro’s top scoop that Leon Brittan has been buried in an unmarked grave for fear it would be vandalised. The MailOnline headline has however since been changed with no explanation, though the URL remains the same:
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A ray of sunshine for the Telegraph at last. James Kirkup, who decided in November to leave the paper this year, has changed his mind. MediaGuido understands his planned departure in the spring has been reversed and he has now agreed to stay to write comment and analysis online.[…] Read the rest
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.[…] Read the rest
Via Gorkana, the permanent revolution at the Telegraph continues:
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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.
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.”
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