Ye gods: raised voices at the Telegraph?

Noticed on MediaGuardian (free registration required, I’m afraid):

A row about integration between the Daily and Sunday Telegraph has sparked the resignation of the daily paper’s newsdesk forward planner.

Anil Dawar left the paper on Friday after a series of increasing demands from Tim Woodward, the news editor of the Sunday Telegraph, and the paper’s editor, Ian MacGregor.

One source said that increasing requests from the Sunday paper culminated in a “robust exchange of views” in the newsroom at 7.30pm on Thursday.

Dawar reportedly told Woodward that he had already worked an 11-hour day for the daily and did not want to put in an extra couple of hours for no pay for the Sunday.

And who can blame him? Forward planning is hardly the most rewarding job in the world anyway – get it right and nobody notices, get it wrong and you get buckets of poo poured over you from above and below.

While I have thought that Will Lewis has the right idea in general for the Telegraph papers – get them web-oriented before the market grabs you by the scruff of the neck and forces you to – the number of people leaving the Telegraph is now reaching ‘abandon ship’ levels. At the Independent unofficial 21st party the other week, it seemed like every other face either had or did work at the Telegraph, and those who had left seemed less, um, tense than those who were. Lots of shaking of heads and muttering about the, um, situation. The Telegraph is not a happy ship, and trying to force 7-day intergration isn’t helping matters.

The interesting question of course is whether the Guardian will try the same with the Observer. Except it looks likely that it won’t; instead, people will focus on writing for the website (aka Guardian Unlimited), which means less banging of heads together in the newsroom. Well, some heads. The question I keep asking which isn’t ever quite asked is, how does the BBC do it? It has correspondents writing across multiple media; the only thing they don’t do is file for a daily or Sunday paper, but aside from that it’s constant bulletins and blogs and web pages and stuff.


  1. My understanding is that the BBC, for the most part, doesn’t do it. The 500 jobs that are to go in News will is some part be due to the merger of the currently separate TV, radio and online news teams.

  2. “The interesting question of course is whether the Guardian will try the same with the Observer.”

    I’d have thought the interesting questions here were those posed by Stephen Glover in yesterday’s Indy.

    What’s up with Rusbridger? Why does he seem to find the Observer’s continued existence as a separate title with its own staff unendurable? Why has the Guardian has broken its word to respect the different traditions of the Observer? Etc.


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