These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate The Telegraph Right Biased based on story selection that strongly favors the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing of information and some failed fact checks.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 35/180
The Telegraph was founded by Colonel Arthur B. Sleigh, in June 1855, as The Daily Telegraph and Courier. Joseph Moses Levy, the owner of the Sunday Times, was the first publisher of the newspaper. Later, Levy became the owner of the paper. In 1937, after merging with the Morning Post, it became the Daily Telegraph and Morning Post, and in 1969, it became The Daily Telegraph, sometimes referred to as The Telegraph. The Telegraph covers news, politics, sports, technology, business, money, opinion, lifestyle, and travel. Chris Evans is the editor, Nick Hugh is the CEO of The Telegraph and David King is the Executive Director at Telegraph Media Group (TMG). The Telegraph is headquartered in London, UK.
Funded by / Ownership
Telegraph Media Group (TMG) owns The Telegraph, which is owned by Press Acquisitions Ltd., which in turn owned by Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay. In 2004, Twin Brothers Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay acquired the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph from the Canadian media company, Hollinger Inc. for £665 million. For a complete list of Board members see here. The Telegraph Media Group’s 2017 Financial results can be found here. The Telegraph is subscription-based and only subscribers have unlimited access to Premium articles. They also rely on advertising to generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
According to The Financial Times, in 2015, The Telegraph urged its readers to vote Conservative, via email from its editor Chris Evans. As a result, the paper was fined £30,000 by the data regulator, which is the independent office that regulates the organization’s use of data. Further, The Telegraph is strongly biased in favor of the Conservative party, earning the nickname “Daily Torygraph”. During the 2017 elections, The Telegraph backed Theresa May ( Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2016): “Vote Conservative for an independent, prosperous Britain.” Here is a quote from the article demonstrating conservative bias “Only Theresa May has the attitude and the experience necessary to get the job done – and to get it done in the cleanest, most comprehensive way. Jeremy Corbyn is not only incompetent and wrongheaded but dangerous.” They also publish articles strongly biased against the Labor party such as this: “A Corbyn government would be a calamity – everything else is just noise”.
The Telegraph regularly utilizes emotionally loaded language in their headlines and source poorly, either through quotations or self-referral sourcing to themselves. They also routinely publish clickbait tabloid-style news such as “Is this workout the secret to Jennifer Aniston’s youthful physique at 50?” and crime stories in their News section: “Libby Squire suspect charged with stealing sex toys and knickers from other women months before the disappearance of student.”
Recently, The Telegraph issued an apology letter to Melania Trump for publishing false statements regarding her family and her modeling career and also agreed to pay substantial damages’ over the article they published about the First Lady.
Overall, we rate The Telegraph Right Biased based on story selection that strongly favors the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing of information and some failed fact checks. (7/19/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 06/05/2020)