Lawson's relief as Sunday Times poaching bid fails

The Sunday Telegraph has hung on to three writers who were reportedly being poached by The Sunday Times.

And a reshuffle on the supplements team has seen Anna Murphy take over from long-serving Magazine editor Lucy Tuck. Press Gazette reported three weeks ago that Chris Hastings, Daniel Foggo and Tim Walker had all been approached by The Sunday Times.

But this week Sunday Telegraph editor Dominic Lawson revealed that he had managed to hang on to all three.

He said: “All three of them were approached and all three of them decided to stay on. I’m delighted about it. One should be quite pleased when a paper wants to go for three of your people, so I’m even more pleased that they decided stay. “I think they are happy here and they are treated well. They get a lot of space for selfexpression and they just seem content really.”

The reshuffle on the supplements team sees Murphy move from editor of the Review section to the higher-profile position of Magazine editor. Tuck, the current editor, has been moved to the position of arts editor, replacing Susannah Herbert, who becomes Review editor.

Lawson said: “Lucy Tuck has been at the magazine since it was founded – before I joined the paper. She felt that after many years she needed a change of scenery and she has previously been the arts editor of The Observer. “Anna Murphy has been an outstanding Review editor but I have no doubt this is the right place for her and suits her talents very well.”

Murphy began her career on World of Interiors magazine before moving to The Observer’s Life magazine as commissioning editor. She has been at The Sunday Telegraph for five years.

She said: “Working on a newspaper supplement is a great mixture of newspaper and magazine journalism. The main thing I’m going to be focusing on is features. I want a bigger mix of features covering a wider range of subjects. I’m going to concentrate on getting some real mustreads and compelling pieces of journalism.”

Meanwhile, Olga Craig has been promoted from reporting on the foreign desk to assistant editor (news features), where she will write for all parts of the paper.

 

By Dominic Ponsford

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