As the Telegraph heads to new headquarters, gets new presses, shifts to 24-hour digital newsrooms, and lays off staffers in the midst of all this, the head of the company makes the kind of tough noises of reorganization we should be hearing in the industry:
Job losses are necessary at the Telegraph Group because the digital revolution was making some newspaper practices obsolete, chief executive Murdoch MacLennan said today. . . .
“Some aspects of our news operation have not altered significantly in decades,” Mr MacLennan said. . . .
“The competition – not just from our traditional print rivals – is changing, growing and becoming fiercer. Readers are migrating online, and advertisers are following them. People are demanding customised news, wherever and whenever they want it. We have to adapt to these realities, or face a future of decline which goes to the very heart of our business,” he said.