The Telegraph has started the latest round of a swingeing programme of cutbacks with the departure of senior editorial figures including deputy editor Liz Hunt, arts editor Andrew Pettie; feature writer Harry Wallop; Asia editor Philip Sherwell and foreign chiefs Richard Spencer and Colin Freeman.
The high profile departures are intended to help the publisher balance the books by reducing rents at its Victoria headquarters but they have not been without collateral damage with staff complaining off the record that they have been subjected to ‘targeted assassinations’.
A black mood has permeated the newsroom floor since Telegraph Media Group chief executive Murdoch MacLennan began informing affected staff of his decision, which also included a number of less senior staff.
In an effort to put a positive gloss on the dismissals MacLennan has told remaining staff that he wishes to preside over an ‘employee-friendly’, chiefly through the introduction of flexible working, although further job losses are expected.
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