GOING, GOING, GONE: Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper is grinding ahead with more layoffs as it seeks to establish itself as a digitally driven publication. About 55 people from the 500-strong staff at the daily and weekly publications have been let go: Staff were told the specifics this morning after waiting on tenterhooks since layoffs were revealed earlier this month. “The bottom line is that they are not closing any titles. They just want fewer people to do more stuff for less cash,” said a media source. The axe has fallen on top-flight talent including the newspaper’s arts editor-in-chief and dance critic Sarah Crompton and Luke Leitch, The Telegraph’s deputy fashion editor.
The Italian stylist Daniela Agnelli, a British fashion fixture, is also understood to have left, while Anna Murphy, editor of The Telegraph’s weekend fashion magazine Stella upped sticks earlier this month to take the job of fashion director at The Times of London, replacing Laura Craik. It is understood that Murphy will not be replaced as editor of Stella, and that Michele Lavery, who edits The Telegraph’s Saturday general interest magazine, will now oversee Stella, too. This latest round of layoffs comes 18 months after The Telegraph culled its editorial staff under Jason Seiken, the group’s chief content officer and editor-in-chief. The Telegraph did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday afternoon.