PRs everywhere will be crying into their coffees this morning with the announcement that long-term senior staff including the legendary Harry Wallop, are going to be axed from the Daily Telegraph.
This acerbic, funny and high-profile journalist has worked at the Telegraph since 2004 and has, in this time, won awards for being the best Consumer Affairs journalist and given many-a-PR 'honest' feedback and then come through with coverage when he feels something is worthwhile.
Can't ask for much more. So Harry, you will be missed at the Telegraph but we look forward to working with you where ever you go next.
The Telegraph has started a round of targeted cuts of senior newsroom staff, including the deputy editor, Liz Hunt. Also axed are feature writer Harry Wallop, head of arts Andrew Pettie, foreign chiefs Richard Spencer and Colin Freeman and Asia editor Philip Sherwell. The cull, which one source referred to as “targeted assassinations” in the newsroom, comes a day after it emerged that the publisher is seeking significant cost savings at its Victoria headquarters. Telegraph to introduce 'smart working' in bid to cut costs The majority of staff told to leave on Tuesday are senior editorial figures. These include Telegraph deputy editor Hunt, feature writer and author Wallop, Daily and Sunday Telegraph Middle East editor Spencer, head of arts and entertainment Pettie, Freeman, chief foreign correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph, and Sherwell, the longest-serving foreign correspondent.