Telegraph signs Australian to head Olympics coverage

The Telegraph has gone outside Britain to find an Olympics Editor in the run up to the 2012 London Games by appointing the highly respected Jacquelin Magny, pictured left, the Australian who has already handled a similar job when working on the Sydney Morning Herald.

Luring Magnay from Australia represents a significant coup for Daily Telegraph Sports Editor David Bond, but some may question why, after widescale cuts to senior sports staff over the past year or so, he was unable to hire a suitable candidate from within his own newspaper group, or within Britain.

A statement issued by Telegraph Media Group this afternoon said: “Jacquelin will co-ordinate the Telegraph’s Olympic coverage across all platforms, the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph and

“In this role she will lead and manage the growing Olympics editorial team, as well as providing expert insight and analysis on the latest Olympic developments.”

Magnay has reported on seven Olympics for the Sydney Morning Herald, and in 2008 added the George Munster award for investigative journalism to her collection of industry gongs.

Bond said, “This is a fantastic appointment for TMG. Jacquelin has covered the Olympic movement for the best part of the last two decades with distinction and reported on some of the biggest stories in sport. We are privileged to have someone with her expertise – one of Australia’s most decorated journalists — joining our team.

“Jacquelin’s first task will be to build on’s brilliant online coverage by developing a world class London 2012 channel and to start co-ordinating London 2012 coverage across the whole Telegraph newsroom.”

â–¡ At Wall Street Journal Europe, under new Editor Patience Wheatcroft, the former Sunday Telegraph Editor, Jonathan Clegg has been appointed Sports Editor and will be producing a daily page on the business of sport.

Clegg previously worked at the East London Advertiser and did occasional shifts at the Guardian website.

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