Telegraph makes Mersey move for Bascombe

Chris Bascombe, one of the sports desk casualties of the sudden closure of the News of the World, has become Merseyside football reporter for the Daily Telegraph.

Self-confessed Liverpool fan Bascombe joined the NotW four years ago from the Liverpool Echo, where he had been named north-west sportswriter of the year for five successive years. He also ghost-wrote Jamie Carragher’s autobiography.

But with the post-Hillsborough disaster, Liverpool-wide boycott of The Sun still in force, Bascombe’s transfer from the Echo to what was the country’s biggest selling Sunday caused anger among some Anfield fans.

Bascombe has been on a spell of enforced gardening leave from Wapping since the closure of the News of the World.

He has a record of consistently breaking more stories on the Mersey beat than any other journalist – a feat which has not escaped the notice of the Telegraph as they seek to beef up their coverage in an area where they are already strong: football correspondent Henry Winter ghosted Kenny Dalglish’s autobiography and has remained close to the Liverpool hero.

The Telegraph had planned to relocate its Merseyside football man Rory Smith to the Midlands, following the departure of Sandy Macaskill. Macaskill chose to leave after it was indicated to him that he would not be offered a new contract when his agreement expired in the summer.

But Telegraph Head of Sport Ben Clissitt’s search for a Midlands football correspondent to be responsible for four Premier League clubs – Aston Villa, West Brom, Wolves and Stoke – continues after Smith decided that he would take a job at The Independent.

The appointment of Bascombe follows previous reshuffles elsewhere in the Telegraph‘s football squad.


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