Telegraph appoints Seiken as chief content officer

LONDON: The Telegraph Media Group has recruited Jason Seiken, currently SVP and GM for digital at PBS, for the new role of chief content officer and editor-in-chief.

LONDON: The Telegraph Media Group has recruited Jason Seiken, currently SVP and GM for digital at PBS, for the new role of chief content officer and editor-in-chief.

Seiken, whose 30-year career in journalism includes spells as VP of AOL Europe and editor-in-chief of WashingtonPost.com, has been responsible for all digital content, products, and businesses at PBS for the past six years.

He will be responsible for all aspects of editorial operations across the Telegraph Media Group, with both Tony Gallagher and Ian MacGregor, editors of The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, respectively, reporting directly to him.

His appointment follows the announcement of a restructuring of the group's 550 editorial staff in March that led to the ditching of 80 “mostly print-based” editorial roles and the recruitment of 50 digitally focused positions.

Seiken, who will start in his role at the Telegraph Media Group next month, has been tasked with transforming the Telegraph into a "fully integrated, entrepreneurial multimedia news organization providing the best English-language journalism and content in the world.”

“This appointment is vital to the future of our business and in achieving our ambition to become the foremost English-language multimedia news and content provider,” said Murdoch MacLennan, chief executive of TMG. “There could not be a better person for this crucial role than Jason Seiken.”

Seiken, who has dual UK and US citizenship, said he is “absolutely delighted to be joining Telegraph Media Group at this critical moment in its continuing development. The Telegraph is an iconic global media brand, renowned for its quality and its innovation.”

This story originally appeared on the website of MediaWeek.

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