In his oral evidence to the inquiry yesterday, editor of the Daily Telegraph Tony Gallagher was asked about the PCC’s ruling in 2011 that the newspaper was wrong to use subterfuge to record MP Vince Cable at a constituency meeting – although the depth of questioning of Gallagher was criticised by Roy Greenslade in his Guardian blog.
Here is what Gallagher had to say:
The PCC ruling, which we accepted but were unhappy with … they required us to publish an abridged version of that ruling.
I felt that it was a matter of such public interest that we should publish the entire ruling, which was, from memory, about a third longer than the abridged ruling. We published it in its entirety.
When asked what the public interest was in publishing the entire ruling, he responded that “the story itself generated a huge controversy” and “was probably the most important PCC ruling of 2011”.
I felt in the interests of justice, we should carry the entire ruling, given that we’d devoted a fair amount of space to the embarrassment of the Liberal Democrats in December 2010.
He will return in an ‘enhanced role’ in January 2011, a release from TMG said.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity, following the recent award by Cambridge University of a PhD, to go back to my college [Corpus Christi] and involve myself in its life for a year,” said Heffer.
It was a ‘great honour’ for Heffer, said Tony Gallagher, the new editor of The Daily Telegraph. “I know that he will thrive in the academic world. I wish him every success in this new challenge. I am delighted that he will still contribute to our Comment pages in his regular columns.”
Guy Ruddle has been appointed as the Telegraph‘s new head of visuals, according to a release from the publisher.
In his new role, Ruddle will oversee both the pictures department and Telegraph TV, which have recently been combined.
He will be responsible for all visual content across the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and Telegraph.co.uk and will report to deputy editor Tony Gallagher.
Weekend editor of the Daily Telegraph, Jon Stock, is also set to take on some new digital responsibilities. Named as the new head of lifestyle, he will be tasked with developing digital content in the site’s lifestyle channel.