Telegraph Calls Time on Top Tim

Telegraph Towers are reeling from the terrible news that their highly personable political powerhouse Tim Wigmore is leaving them. Buckingham Palace Road will have a tough time replacing the invaluable insight and astute political acumen that Wigmore brought to Ben Brogan’s morning email. Not to mention his renowned charm and people skills.

He is off to the Staggers, presumably being lined up for George Eaton’s old job running the blog there, and will be replaced on Brogan duty by Stephen Bush, who has written for LabourList, Progress and the Guardian. Must be one in, one out for lefties. 

Telegraph Side with Nige

The Telegraph would usually be the first out of the traps on an expenses story, but they’ve decided it will be more fun to side with the ‘Kippers and knock the Times today. Brogan has been activated and is talking down the story. The polling, it seems, would agree with his angle, namely that scandal is wasted on Farage because – like Boris – the public have warmed to him. Nothing like a bit of mudslinging to liven up a dull day though.

Ben Brogan: Digital First

The “Digital First strategy” clearly hasn’t reached all parts of the Telegraph. With his slightly more technical assistant on holiday, new Associate Editor (Politics) Ben Brogan had a bit of a struggle writing yesterday’s morning briefing all by himself:

“Tim is off. I can’t find the right button thingy. I’ll try tomorrow.”

Did he fare any better this morning?

“Nope, sorry, can’t quite manage it. Digging out links and fighting with this software is taking ages. But nothing’s happening, believe me. @TimWig is still on holiday.”

If things get any worse we’ll all have to read the WaughRoomMemo…

Will Lewis Partying Like Its 2009 Organising “Telegraph MPs’ Expenses Re-Union Party”

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In what will surely add to the feeling that it is 2009 all over again, Guido hears that Will Lewis, formerly editor of the Daily Telegraph during its MPs’ expenses exposing high point, is organising an “MPs Expenses Re-Union Party” in May to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the award winning scandal. Which seems as fresh today as ever…

Awkwardly Will is now Chief Creative Officer of rivals the News Corporation. Guido looks forward to his invitation…

Allister Heath New Telegraph Deputy Editor

Finally some good news for the Telegraph: Allister Heath is leaving City AM for Buckingham Palace Road:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at City A.M., and it has been hugely exciting watching the paper grow in terms of readers and helping to steer it on the road to profitability. The time was right for me personally to seek a new challenge, and I am very much looking forward to joining the Telegraph.”

One of the best talent-spotters and leader writers in the business, Heath made City AM into a respected and profitable newspaper. He was basically doing all of the Telegraph’s best economic coverage anyway, now he’s made it official…

Media Bitch Fight Farage / Clegg Special: Kirkup v Oborne

The Telegraph’s James Kirkup hasn’t been very impressed with the profundity of the punditry following last night’s debate. He’s gone off on one this afternoon:

“A lot of stuff being written about the Clegg-Farage debate today could come from the Idiot’s Guide to Being a Political Commentator. It follows the same paint-by-numbers form.

Step One: Pronounce that everyone less clever than you is saying the same thing.

Step Two: Say that they are wrong because actually the opposite thing is true. You know this because you are clever and incisive and other people do not because they are stupid and out-of-touch.

Step Three: There is no Step Three. That’s all there is to it. Really, you can make a very nice living out of this.”

Which of Kirkup’s fellow Telegraph writers followed a very, very similar step by step approach in his own write up? Here’s Peter Oborne:

“British political journalists love to pretend that they are independent and objective, but the majority are nothing of the sort. In Britain we have a system of client journalism, with reporting a manifestation of political class dominance.

Last night’s debate between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg was a very good example of this phenomenon. The lobby wanted a Clegg win and… collectively called victory for Clegg the moment that the debate was over.

It was only when the YouGov poll came through showing that Farage had won the debate hands-down with the public that lobby journalists were forced into an abrupt U-turn.”

Who could Kirkup possibly have been talking about?

UPDATE:

Gallagher: Editor-in-Chef

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Lunching in chi-chi Moro, Islington, Guido had the crab brik with harissa (£9.00) followed by the lamb with hispi cabbage and crispy capers, piquillo sauce and lentils (£19.50), Neo-Guido had the wood roasted pork with smoked almond sauce, wilted escarole and black beans (£19.00) which we washed down with a couple of bottles of Viña Gravonia Crianza (Viura) Lopez de Heredia ’03 (£42.50). The crab was light, the lamb was pink and the only complaint from the dining companions was that the portions weren’t big enough. When the waiter was asked for a recommendation he said “it’s your lunch”. Though his guidance on the wine was faultless.

Mid-lunch Guido’s phone buzzed with a tweet referencing @GuidoFawkes by one of their junior kitchen staff saying we were dining at the restaurant. A star-struck faux pas that will surely turn off other more publicity-shy celebrity diners. Guido was popping to the loo round the back when he bumped into Tony Gallagher, former editor of The Telegraph, in his kitchen whites. Fifty this year, Tony is learning a new trade and had spent the morning peeling artichokes, “lots of them”. He told Guido that the kitchen at Moro is run on very democratic lines and there is no shouting. This will be a change in working environment for him.

For dessert we had a satisfying Gallagher Malaga raisin ice cream  (£6.50) with two spoons. “Don’t be nasty” pleaded the former tyrant of The Telegraph newsroom nervously as he sportingly posed for his picture. As if…

Brogan Moved to Associate Ed, Winnett Becomes Deputy Ed

Last month Guido asked if Telegraph deputy editor Ben Brogan was “in office without power” following rumours from Buckingham Palace Road that he had been stripped of his title. Today “chief content officer” Jason ‘Psycho’ Seiken has announced that Brogan “will return to writing full time as Associate Editor, Politics. He will now produce more high- value content on political matters across all platforms.” Political editor James Kirkup is promoted to Executive Editor, Politics and Rob Winnett is promoted to one of three new Deputy Editor positions. Brogan ain’t one of em…

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…

Tony Gallagher Burns Craig Oliver

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

Oooh, get her…

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…

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…

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

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Telegraph Editor Tony Gallagher Leaves

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5 Top Tips for UKIP

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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.[…] Read the rest

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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.

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Meanwhile, Over at The Telegraph

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You’re Either In Front of Guido…

The Telegraph, Mirror, Indy, et all finally played catch up this morning. So what did the fearless seekers of truth over at the Guardian make of yesterday’s latest nudge down the global rankings for press freedom? Poor Rusbridger pet James Ball, who is off to the States to be their new investigations editor after colleagues claim he was approached by another organisation then used that as promotion leverage, did not have a good day.[…] Read the rest

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