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NUJ reacts to Coulson appointment at the Telegraph

30 March 2017

The decision of the Telegraph Media Group to appoint Andy Coulson to provide PR advice to the company has been described as "gobsmacking" by the acting general secretary of the National Union of Journalists.

The announcement comes as the newspaper confirms plans to outsourcing editorial production to the Press Association in Howden, Yorkshire, placing 45 jobs at risk.

Séamus Dooley said:

"While ex-convicts are entitled to rehabilitation nothing in the behaviour of Andy Coulson suggests that this is an appropriate appointment. Coulson Chappell claim to provide 'discreet corporate strategy and communications advice, from a unique perspective'. It is certainly true that Coulson’s contribution in terms of phone hacking and unethical behaviour sets him apart but our members at the Daily Telegraph are stunned at the decision to hire him as a consultant, apparently to improve the image of the paper, at a time when journalists charged with maintaining standards in editorial production face redundancy.
"Staff at the Daily Telegraph are proud of their record and need no lessons from Coulson. The image of the Daily Telegraph can best be maintained and enhanced by investment in journalism rather than spin."

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