The Telegraph at Year Ten, Minus Two Pioneers

The Daily Telegraph of London is celebrating its tenth year of online publication, but without two of the pioneers who put it there.

Hugo Drayton started in 1994 as marketing director the Electronic Telegraph and, largely on that success online, rose to become managing director (equivalent in America to publisher and CEO) of the newspaper itself and a member of the Telegraph’s board of directors. But he was let go last month when the Barclay brothers purchased the newspaper from Hollinger International. I interviewed him earlier this year for Online Journalism Review.

Danny Meadows-Klue, trained in traditional media at United News and Media, joined the Electronic Telegraph in 1995 and four years later was a director of Hollinger Telegraph New Media Ltd. In 1997, while working at the Telegraph, Meadows-Klue founded the Interactive Advertising Bureau of the United Kingdom, which he later joined full-time as chairman and chief executive officer. He relinquished the chairman role earlier this year and has recently announced that he’ll be stepping down as IAB/UK CEO. He’s been instrumental in making online a significant advertising medium in the UK (3 percent of total ad spend),