Earlier this week I took Kim Fletcher’s piece in the Guardian about “Who wears the trousers at the Telegraph?” as an examination the role of the editor in the digital multi-media age of journalism.
I failed to read the code and it was really about an old fashioned power struggle. The Editors Weblog saw it for what it was on Wednesday and boiled it down to a battle between the old guard (John Bryant, the editor in chief) and the new (Will Lewis, editorial managing director).
Yesterday the context became even clearer when Roy Greenslade recorded a statement from the paper saying: “John Bryant is in the building, he is the editor and there is no change in that.”
The crunch issue seems to have been over who hires the staff. Quite clearly anyone without that power cannot be an editor in anything but name.