It is all very confusing. John Bryant has been ousted from his acting job as editor of the Daily Telegraph but remains the group’s editor in chief. Will Lewis becomes editor of the Daily Telegraph but it is not clear if he retains his position as the group’s managing director editorial.
No good looking at the Telegraph’s press releases. The most recent, dated March 7, chronicles the departure of the Sunday editor Sarah Sands and her replacement by Patience Wheatcroft. Now we are wondering how she will fare.
It confused the Guardian too which said: “Only at the Telegraph, where the echelons of power are at their most labyrinthine, could Will Lewis become editor of the daily paper and actually leave staff wondering if it was a promotion or demotion.”
The Independent is equivocal about the appointment, writing: “Lewis is known among his staff as a fiercely ambitious executive, who is considered by some to have great potential.”
The Times points out that Lewis, 37, who joined the paper only 14 months ago as city editor, has, unlike previous editors of the paper no background in conservative or right-of-centre politics.
What is going on at the Telegraph looks like revolution. Don’t expect stability to be reached anytime soon.