Maybe this is a world first. Which country will be the first to follow? As part of this endeavour to increase public awareness of the profession and encourage some journalistic introspection, we have produced several lists and registers to demonstrate the evils of PR and the close links with the major political parties.
If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril.
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. I was very conscious that I was joining a formidable tradition of political commentary.
I spent my summer holiday before taking up my duties as columnist reading the essays of the great Peter Utley, edited by Charles Moore and Simon Heffer, two other masters of the art. No one has ever expressed quite as well as Utley the quiet decency and pragmatism of British conservatism.
The Mail is raucous and populist, while the Times is proud to swing with the wind as the voice of the official class. The Telegraph stood in a different tradition. It is read by the nation as a whole, not just by the City and Westminster.
It is confident of its own values. It has long been famous for the accuracy of its news reporting. I imagine its readers to be country solicitors, struggling small businessmen, harassed second secretaries in foreign embassies, schoolteachers, military folk, farmers—decent people with a stake in the country.
He was also a churchwarden and played a role in the Petersfield Conservative Association.
He had a special rack on the breakfast table and would read the paper carefully over his bacon and eggs, devoting special attention to the leaders. I often thought about my grandfather when I wrote my Telegraph columns.
Waves of sackings started, and the management made it plain that it believed the future of the British press to be digital. Murdoch MacLennan, the chief executive, invited me to lunch at the Goring Hotel near Buckingham Palace, where Telegraph executives like to do their business.
I urged him not to take the newspaper itself for granted, pointing out that it still had a very healthy circulation of more than half a million. I added that our readers were loyal, that the paper was still very profitable and that the owners had no right to destroy it.
In January the editor, Tony Gallagher, was fired.
He had been an excellent editor, well respected by staff. Since the Barclay Brothers purchased the paper 11 years ago there have been roughly six more, though it is hard to be certain since with the arrival of Mr Seiken the title of editor was abolished, then replaced by a Head of Content Monday to Friday.
There were three editors or Heads of Content in alone. For the last 12 months matters have got much, much worse. The foreign desk—magnificent under the leadership of David Munk and David Wastell—has been decimated.
As all reporters are aware, no newspaper can operate without skilled sub-editors. Half of these have been sacked, and the chief sub, Richard Oliver, has left. Solecisms, unthinkable until very recently, are now commonplace. Recently readers were introduced to someone called the Duke of Wessex.
Prince Edward is the Earl of Wessex. There was a front page story about deer-hunting.
It was actually about deer-stalking, a completely different activity. But the readers do, and the Telegraph took great care to get these things right until very recently. The arrival of Mr Seiken coincided with the arrival of the click culture.Heath Aston joined the Sunday Express this week as a business reporter.
He is covering retail, property and leisure while Emma Vickers is on maternity leave. Prior to joining the Sunday Express, Aston was business editor before becoming transport reporter at the Daily Telegraph in Australia and a business reporter at The Times in London.
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