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Barclay sons at centre of Telegraph's troubles

Barclay sons at centre of Telegraph's troubles

Thursday 08 June 2023

Barclay sons at centre of Telegraph's troubles

Thursday 08 June 2023

Two of the Barclay Brothers' sons have been removed as directors of the Telegraph Media Group as the Lloyds Banking Group tries to sell the family owned newspapers.

Aidan and Howard Barclay are the two eldest sons of Sir David Barclay who died in 2021.

They appear to have taken an increasingly leading role in managing the family's network of business interests since their father's death.


Pictured: The Barclay family tree. 

It was reported yesterday that Lloyds Banking Group have seized the Spectator as well as the Telegraph Media Group. 

AlixPartners has been appointed as official receivers for B.UK, the Barclay family holding company.

A spokesperson for the company has said day-to-day running of the newspapers  would “continue as normal” and that the receivership is not related to the "financial health or performance of the Telegraph or Spectator businesses".

“Neither the Telegraph Media Group nor the Spectator are entering administration,” AlixPartners said in a statement published elsewhere.

It's been estimated that the newspaper titles could be worth up to £600million - with discussions between the receivers, owners and Lloyds Banking Group continuing.


Pictured: The Telegraph's website boasts that it is the "UK news website of the year".

The news that the Telegraph Media Group and Spectator have been placed in receivership was last night described as "like watching the slowest motion car crash in history" by political reporter Robert Peston.

He tweeted that "the reckless banking boom of 15 years ago" was to blame with the Lloyds Banking Group expected to put the publications up for auction.

Mr Peston claimed the debts run to millions of pounds, with those debts originally provided by and still held by the Lloyds' Bank of Scotland subsidiary.

With an estimated value of up to £600m, the Telegraph Media Group and Spectator would be worth less now than they were in 2004 when the Barclay Brothers paid £665m for them.

In 2019 it was reported the Barclay Brothers were looking to sell the Telegraph and other publications amid claims the family had need to put £500m into their "struggling empire" which included property, hotels, retail and the newspapers.

The family still own numerous other business interests including retailers Very, Littlewoods, and the Woolworths brand and delivery company Yodel.

The twins also owned the Ritz Hotel in London but its sale in 2020 sparked a feud between the brothers which lasted until Sir David's death in 2021.

Sir Frederick accused his brother's sons of 'bugging' their conversations prior to the hotel sale. It's not known whether the feud between the uncle and nephews has cooled. 


Pictured: The Barclay family owns Brecqhou which is a Sark tenement. 

Sir Frederick - now 88-years-old - is listed as the sole tenant of Brecqhou, the island he bought in 1993 with his twin. 

Sir David's eldest son Aidan is known to be involved with the day-to-day running of the family's business interests - including those in Sark. His younger brother Howard is also believed to be involved, while youngest brothers Duncan and Alastair are not known to be.

Sir Frederick's two children Ko and Amanda are also not known to be involved with the family businesses.

It was Amanda's existence as the only daughter between the two brothers who sparked their initial conflicts with Sark. Their Brecqhou home comes under Sark laws, and when they purchased the island in 1993 the inheritance laws meant the family fortune would pass automatically to the eldest sons on their father's deaths. That law has since been changed so all Sark (and Brecqhou) children can benefit equally. 


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