Friday, November 27, 2009

What Will they do next?

Congratulations to Will Lewis on his latest promotion - this time to launch a new division of Telegraph Digital following his Harvard sabbatical.

I'm not sure what a move to Euston means for the man Murdoch Mclellan first hired as City Editor then promoted to Deputy Editor even before he'd finished his gardening leave at The Times.

But it was only a matter of time before Tony Gallagher cashed in his brownie points over the MPs expenses exclusive to take the editor's chair.

What intrigues me most about this, though, is the promise of 50 new digital jobs.

The Telegraph Group has come on leaps and bounds, but one thing they have got disgracefully wrong over the past year or so is the misguided way it it has discarded some of its best talent, particularly among the more anonymous, junior ranks. If a stint at business school has taught Lewis anything, I hope it is how to recognise where the real value in a workforce lies.

And, maybe, invite a few of them back.


Ben R said...

Trying to get your old job back DICKBN?
Do you really think it has come on leaps and bounds?

Richard Burton said...

Happily, not in need of one at the moment (see latest post). Besides, my departure was timely and highly affable, even a little overdue. Others haven't been. Leaps and bounds? Sure, since they put their shoulders to the wheel, they've taken readership to a new level and their SEO strategy is second to none. Least I say about their HR failings the better though.

Oh, and I haven't been called Dickbn since the ageing Atex system finally blinked and crashed for the last time.

Anonymous said...

Not sure I agree with the leaps and bounds. Net traffic has risen beyond all expectations over the past few years and national newspapers have done well to keep pace, throwing good money after bad in the struggle to make the web break even.