Bad news: Telegraph drops head of arts

The Daily Telegraph was the first broadsheet newspaper to abolish its arts editor, her deputy and the dedicated arts desk a couple of years ago.

After the clearout, arts stories in the paper were handled sensitively and by Andrew Pettie, who held the title Head of Arts and Entertainment.

Today (we hear) Andrew is among a dozen senior staff who were told that their jobs are considered redundant, following a survey by a management consultancy firm.


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  • Yes, the overpaid leeches of the business world who feedback what Management want to hear and which is then acted upon on the basis that it must be the right thing to do because… The Telegraph has gone downhill for many years and will soon be a direct rival to the Daily Fail. I stopped subscribing some time ago.

  • I used to turn to the Torygraph front page for its Culture section, as it often tipped me to interesting things. I had noticed a coarsening of the fibre in recent times, with excesses of attention to Game of Thrones, whatever that may be, and such fare.

    It’s ironic. While a lot of people I know get most of their political news from television, they still tend to favour the papers for arts news. Somehow newspaper reviewers and critics have more credibility than those on TV — with isolated exceptions such as the Siskel and Ebert reign. (Notably, both were print reporters first and foremost). Also, most TV arts is national, and people tend to like following their local critics.

  • Mr. Toms is correct. I’ve had bruising contact with a “management consultancy firm,” which we drones were assured were only here to help us be more efficient and happy with our jobs. The result was precisely the slaughter that management wanted. These firms are nothing but high-paid whores in business suits.

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