Daily Telegraph – An insight into the seven day operation

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On the panel:

  • Ben Wright, Business Editor

Business has a unique place within the Telegraph. The Daily Telegraphs is the only national newspaper to have a dedicated 8-page business supplement and in the broadsheet format. The Telegraph Media Group was also the first of the quality titles to merge its business teams from the Daily and Sunday titles to form a seven day operation. Add to this a digital strategy with global presence and close liaison with the paper’s Money team the business desk at TMG has a broad waterfront.

Overseeing this for the past three years has been Business Editor Ben Wright. He joined Roxhill Media to give us an insight to how the business team operates across all channels and discuss his views on the big business issues.

Key points raised:

Telegraph Media Group’s focus:

  • Moving towards a more registrations focussed operation

  • Pro-business and markets; Strong emphasis on economics; strong on analysis coverage

  • Strong coverage across City, economics, property, technology, energy

  • 30+ stories covered. No set times for online stories. Stories go online and then updated and final copies go to print version.

Daily routine:

  • 6.30am – Digital editors and early shift arrive

  • 7am – RNS sets the agenda

  • 7.30am-10am – identify 3-4 of the biggest stories

  • 11.00am – agenda discussion; 75% news list lined up; no news meeting

  • 11.30am – department heads conference

  • 12.30pm – pages plans discussed and begin to lay out

  • 6-8pm – filing stories. Watching developments from US news sources.

Tuesday 10am – features team meeting; interview ideas for Sunday and Monday slots

Thursday 10am – News and scoops meeting to plan for Sunday and Monday editions

Friday evening – Sunday edition filed

Technology Intelligence:

  • 16 strong team being formed. UL (10); West coast USA (6)
  • Tech companies focus
  • How companies using technology
  • Data AI and how influence society and political discussions

Key people to approach:

  • Live business blog: Matt Rees
  • X3 guest comments per week: Ben Wright
  • Questor: Richard Evans – funds, investment trusts, AIM stocks, income and yield focus

Thank you to those on our panel and those that joined us.

Alex Northcott CEO Roxhill Media

About Alex Northcott

Alex Northcott is the CEO at Roxhill Media. Alex founded Gorkana in 2003 and sold the business to Durrants in 2010, which became the Gorkana Group. In 2015 he set up Roxhill Media, the next generation media database. He has over 18 years’ experience in the PR industry having worked at Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan.

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