The Tele, as it is affectionately known, was founded in 1879 and was a staple in Sydney print media right up until 1990 when it merged with its afternoon sister paper The Daily Mirror to form The Daily Telegraph-Mirror with morning and afternoon editions though the afternoon editions were later discontinued.
The new paper continued in this vein until January 1996 when reader pressure for a shorter title caused the name of the paper to revert to The Daily Telegraph, despite staff concerns that former Mirror readers would now feel disenfranchised. The circulation of the newspaper in the first half of 2004 was around 409,000 per day , the largest of a Sydney newspaper.
The Sunday edition is called The Sunday Telegraph.
The Telegraph's most high-profile columnists, among them Piers Akerman, are politically conservative. The Telegraph has a particular focus on issues such as crime, and primary and secondary education.
A Roy Morgan media credibility survey found that 40 per cent of journalists viewed News Limited newspapers as Australia's most partisan media outlet, ahead of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on 25 per cent. The survey found that readers took a generally dim view of journalists. In response to the question "Which newspapers do you believe do not accurately and fairly report the news?", the Daily Telegraph came third (9%) behind the Herald-Sun (11%) and "All of them" (16%).
Rodney Tiffen, an academic at the University of Sydney, described the newspaper's coverage as an example of "hyena journalism", judging Brogden's personal life to be off limits following his withdrawal from public life.
The story led to a renewed focus on the quality of public schools in Western Sydney. and precipitated several reviews of schooling in the area. But for many, the headline highlighted problems with interpreting Higher School Certificate results and the accompanying TER.
The students successfully sued the newspaper in the Supreme Court for defamation. The Telegraph subsequently apologised and settled for damages out of court. The published apology stated:
In that story The Daily Telegraph suggested, among other things, that the students in the class of 1996 failed their HSC. This is wrong and The Daily Telegraph withdraws any such suggestion. The Daily Telegraph also withdraws any suggestion that those students acted without discipline or commitment in their HSC studies. "he students in the HSC class of 1996 successfully completed their HSC and contrary to the suggestions in the original article many of those students performed very well scoring high marks in the HSC.The Daily Telegraph apologises to each student in the class of 1996 at Mt Druitt. It also apologises to their parents and friends for all the hurt, harm and suffering it has caused them.
Later, criticising defamation laws, News Limited CEO John Hartigan said that
The words in the story pointed to deep-seated problems within the education system, but a barrister convinced the jury that, regardless of the words before him, what we really meant to say was that the entire class was too stupid to pass the HSC.
Editor David Penberthy leapt to McIlveen's defence saying that McIlveen was not to blame at all and that it was Penberthy's fault.
The Managing Editor Online is Glen Stanaway. The Daily Telegraph is distributed in a number of online formats:
The Daily Telegraph website hosts the blogs of several columnists.