MEDIA: Sunday Telegraph changes

The Sunday Telegraph has bolstered its business team with the appointment of a deputy City editor and two correspondents, following the departure of two of its senior journalists.

Financial correspondent Grant Ringshaw has been promoted to deputy City editor. A former editor of trade title Money Marketing, Ringshaw joined the paper in 1998 and replaces Mary Fagan, who is leaving to be corporate affairs director at Royal Mail Group (PRWeek, 12 September).

Sylvia Pfeifer, currently City editor of The Business, is to join the Sunday Telegraph team as senior writer. Although she has been with The Business since its launch in 1998, Pfeifer only took up her current role seven months ago.

Guy Dennis, currently a reporter on the Daily Mirror's City desk, will join the Sunday Telegraph as senior writer on the business desk. Dennis has also worked for Bloomberg and The Sunday Times, and will be helping Richard Fletcher with investigations. They report to City editor Robert Peston.

All are expected to join Peston's 12-strong team on the Money and Business sections in the next two to three months, although their direct areas of responsibility have yet to be finalised.

Damian Reece recently quit the Sunday Telegraph City desk to join The Independent as City editor. Peston told PRWeek: 'We needed another senior writer. I want to do more investigations and have been reorienting the pages to cover more of the interface between politics and business. We have a large and diverse community of readers who look for help with how they conduct their business lives.'

He said PROs in the main pitched their clients effectively. But he added: 'If I were to be mildly provocative, there is a slight temptation for one or two PROs to come to us with stuff on an "exclusive" basis, simply because they can't get it into the dailies and think as a Sunday, we're looking for stories. I have said to all of my team that we won't run things which wouldn't run anywhere, any day. We're just not interested.'

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