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Chris Evans emerges as de facto Telegraph group editor-in-chief

One consequence of the Peter Oborne/HSBC row is that Chris Evans has emerged as de facto editor-in-chief of the Telegraph titles.

In Peter Oborne's resignation blog post on Open Democracy he complained that the title of Telegraph editor had been abolished since the sacking of Daily Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher in January 2014.

At that point Chris Evans was made editor of the print edition on weekdays and Ian MacGregor was put in charge of the weekend print editions.

Jason Seiken, who was named as chief content officer and editor-in-chief in September 2013, was given additional responsibilities in September 2014 for the "future strategy and direction of the group". At that point he moved upstairs, away from the main editorial floor, and Evans was promoted to become director of content, with two deputy directors and various other directors reporting in to him.

To outsiders all these job titles and changes create a confusing picture.

For me, at least, the events of the last two weeks have clarified matters. Evans describes himself as editor of The Telegraph on his Twitter profile and, despite his strange management-speak official title, that's what he is.

When the Oborne row kicked off it was Evans who returned from holiday to lead the editorial response and it is Evans who now chairs the monthly "town hall" meetings with editorial staff started by Seiken. As I understand it Seiken is not involved in day to day editorial matters at all, that is left to Evans.

While Seiken retains the job title of editor-in-chief, the job of being chief editor is being done on a day to day basis by Evans.



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Author: Dominic Ponsford

Dominic Ponsford is the editor of Press Gazette