What now is the fate of the Belfast Telegraph?

So the Independent and its Sunday stable mate in London may go to a Russian oligarch and become a London freesheet. Changed times for what began as a glorious hacks’ co-operative. Roy Greenslade points out the new synergy, as it shares a building with the Evening Standard ( and even some hotdesks I hear). While it’s the end of a dream for the retired Sir Anthony, where does it leave his family’s faltering control of the parent Dublin group? It looks like a last ditch effort to save the company from a full O’Brien takeover, although both Gavin O’Reilly and O’Brien have both been damaged by the new flare-up of the old feud. Last year’s trading loss is only the tip of a vast iceberg. So what happens now to the Belfast Telegraph which is part of IN&M UK and did sterling service to try to keep the whole company’s head above water? In the end the task was too great as the Bel Tel’s profits dwindled. Does our flagship newspaper float off somewhere or merge with the Dublin parent? Now that would be a turn-up.

  • Scaramoosh

    As I have said before, scratch beneath the surface and many of the old certainties come unstuck. From the Glasgow Rangers football fans taking off from George Best airport in a tricolour bedecked ryanair plane; to the significant share holding in UTV held by southern based entities. As I am led to believe “final say” editorial control for the Tele already emanates from Dublin, and whilst it may be commercially correct to skew it towards its target audience; it is not the organ of Unionism that it was at the height of the troubles.

    It all brings us back to the thorny issue of what is Unionism; a silver jubilee teatowel and a beligerent mindset…?

  • Drumlins Rock

    scara, do a bit of scratching in Dublin too and I think you will find the old union might not be dead either, alot of the purse stings end up in London.

  • As I have said before, scratch beneath the surface and many of the old certainties come unstuck

    Indeed and in rather more meaningful ways than Rangers fans’ favoured mode of transport:

    http://tinyurl.com/yjcsghl

  • Drumlins Rock

    thanks o’neil, I think the east west dynamic between the UK & RoI is rarely touched upon on this website or in the MSM, in many ways it exceeds the north south relationship, and I predict will continue to increase over the coming years.
    As a wee aside, two of the companies highlighted we created by partition, Easons if im right was the Irish branch of WH Smiths? (is it now part of waterstones?) and Tayto was partitioned, hence if your down south dont expect your cheese and onion to be just the same, the Northern ones are far superior! and are made in a real castle 🙂
    Any more rumours as to the fate of that other Irish Institution, Dunnes Stores? or was the ASDA/Walmart takeover just hype?

  • 4.thanks o’neil, I think the east west dynamic between the UK & RoI is rarely touched upon on this website or in the MSM, in many ways it exceeds the north south relationship, and I predict will continue to increase over the coming years

    Wandering off topic slightly, although since the future of the Tele is a matter of profound indifference to me….

    Not only is the E/W relationship rarely touched on by Slugger or the MSM, the very people who have most to gain from such a strengthening, the Unionist parties, previously put very little effort into exploring its potential. The UUP/Conservative link-up could go some way to remedy that although to be brutally honest, I think the jury is still very much out on that at the moment.

  • LottaNonsense

    When you start including copies of the Dandy & the Beano in the paper to increase circulation, then you know the Bel. Tele. is in trouble!!