Telegraph Group deputy managing director Chris Haslum has quit following weeks of speculation about his future at the company.
An internal memo circulated this week says: “After nearly 11 years with the company he has decided to leave at the end of this month.”
Telegraph Group managing director Jeremy Deedes denies Haslum’s departure is connected with the problems with the newspaper’s subscriptions scheme. The advanced payment programme (APP), instigated by Haslum, cost the Telegraph’s parent Hollinger International 19.9m last year, according to the company.
It had been speculated that Haslum would leave once the dispute between the Telegraph, News International and the Audit Bureau of Circulations had been resolved. The dispute over the reporting of the discounted subscription copies of The Telegraph was resolved earlier this month when the paper decided to drop its legal action against the ABC (MW July 10).