A CHILL Wind at the Daily Telegraph; IN THE AIR

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A CHILL Wind at the Daily Telegraph; IN THE AIR


. A CHILL wind at The Daily Telegraph as the management struggles to drum up applicants for voluntary redundancy. A new letter to employees this week offered a better payoff for staff who have been at the Telegraph papers more than 13 years - an acknowledgement that few older employees have so far volunteered to go. More than 60 editorial staff are said to have asked for redundancy. The thumbscrews are being tightened with a new deadline of next Monday for volunteers. Among the latest to go is Sunday Telegraph newshound Rajeev Syal, brother of actress Meera, who was shortlisted for reporter of the year at the British Press Awards last year.

Meanwhile, there is speculation that Sunday Telegraph editor Dominic Lawson will use the departure of Miriam Gross as literary editor to merge departments within the Review section, which has several editors working within it.

"Review is overstaffed compared with the news desk," says our source.

. IS the vacant role of controller of BBC1 a poisoned chalice? Those hoping to succeed Lorraine Heggessey (right) have until 7 March to apply. Dan Chambers, the youthful director of programmes at Five tells friends that he is not throwing his hat into the ring, while his counterpart at ITV, Nigel Pickard, is also said to be staying put.

The frontrunner within the BBC is thought to be Alison Sharman, the canny head of daytime TV. The advertisement for the job says a key requirement is an ability to deliver "impactful current affairs" - whatever that means, apart from Panorama staying stuck in its graveyard Sunday night slot.

. COULD former Spectator media pundit Stephen Glover exact revenge on Boris Johnson by joining the New Statesman? "Stephen was the only reason for anybody reading The Spectator," says editor Peter Wilby. "He would provide another reason, alongside many others, for reading the New Statesman." Even so, perhaps Glover should tread carefully. …

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