25 journalists working on Telegraph expenses coverage

The Daily Telegraph has 25 journalists working on the MPs’ expenses story, its assistant editor Benedict Brogan has revealed.

Appearing on a BBC Question Time panel last night (here’s the transcript from journalism.co.uk), Brogan said the paper had “lawyers and all sorts of experts looking at it”.

“I can assure that a newspaper like the Telegraph, which is a serious newspaper, has not entered into this exercise lightly,” he said.

“The things we satisfied ourselves about were, one, that the information is genuine and, two, that it is in the public interest.”

Unofficial data seen by the Guardian suggests the Telegraph sales boost is continuing as a result of the story.

Its figures suggest circulation was up by 94,000 last Friday, 56,000 on Saturday, 25,000 on Sunday and about 45,000 on Monday.

We’ll see what result that has on the official average May daily circulation when the national newspaper ABCs come out on 5 June.

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