Murdoch MacLennan

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Murdoch MacLennan (born April 1949) is a media executive in the UK. Since October 2004 he has been chief executive of the Telegraph Media Group in the UK, having previously been managing director of Associated Newspapers from 1994.[1]


MacLennan began his career as a graduate trainee at The Scotsman in Edinburgh,[1] before moving to Reading as production manager for a regional weekly. He joined the board of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail as production director in 1982. Both papers were part of Mirror Group Newspapers, and he became the group's director of production in 1984. He moved to Express Newspapers a year later in 1985 to become production and technical director, Harmsworth Quays in 1989 to be managing director, then back to Mirror Group as group operations director of Mirror Group Newspapers and managing director of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail until 1994, when he moved to Associated. In August 2004, it was announced that he had been appointed by Aidan Barclay as the CEO of the Telegraph Media Group taking over from Jeremy Deedes.[2][3]

In 1998 MacLennan was invited to deliver the MacMillan Memorial Lecture to the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland. He chose the subject "The Press We Deserve".[4] In 2010, he became chairman of PA, in addition to his role at the Telegraph Group. He was a member of the Commission on Scottish Devolution[5] and is vice-chairman of the World Association of Newspapers.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Murdoch MacLennan". Business Week. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  2. ^ David Litterick "Telegraph appoints ex-Daily Mail chief", Daily Telegraph, 25 August 2004
  3. ^ Stephanie Kirchgaessner "Telegraph group poaches its new chief from rival", Financial Times, 23 August 2004
  4. ^ "Hugh Miller MacMillan: MacMillan Memorial Lectures", IESIS
  5. ^ "Murdoch MacLennan". Commission on Scottish Devolution. 
  6. ^ "Executive Committee". World Association of Newspapers.