According to London media reports, Rupert Murdoch has been seen in the newsroom of The Telegraph, the conservative daily that is undergoing a top-to-bottom review for its owners, the reclusive Barclay brothers. That review will mean severe cost cuts and the loss of dozens of jobs, or it could result in the paper being prepared for sale. The results of the review are due next month, according to previous report. Because News Corp owns the Times and Sunday Times, a sale of The Telegraph to Murdoch is not seen as likely. The Guardian points out that News UK prints The Telegraph, so Murdoch could have been discussing that. But he has a CEO to handle those talks in Rebekah Brooks, and other executives on the commercial side of his UK arm. This is the first major sighting of Murdoch for a month.

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