Press & media

Number of items in collection: 88

Short description: Oral History of the British Press (C638) was a National Life Stories project that began in 1994 and was revived in 2006 thanks to support from the British Library as part of the popular 'Front Page' exhibition. The project collected the life stories of key press and newspaper figures.

Oral History of the British Press (C638) was a National Life Stories project that began in 1994 and was revived in 2006 thanks to support from the British Library as part of the popular 'Front Page' exhibition. The project collected the life stories of key press and newspaper figures. Interviewees include Dennis Griffiths (former editor of the Daily Express and the Evening Standard); Frank Barlow (Managing Director of the Financial Times); Robert Edwards (former editor of the Daily Express, Sunday Mirror, The People and deputy chairman of the Mirror Group under Robert Maxwell); Vic Giles (art director at the Daily Mirror and launch art director for The Sun); Ken Morgan (former General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists, and former Director of the Press Complaints Commission) and Andreas Whittam-Smith (proprietor and launch editor of The Independent); Brenda Dean (who, as General Secretary of the print union SOGAT during the News International crisis, was the first woman to lead a major industrial trade union); Brian MacArthur (The Times, The Sunday Times and launch editor of Today); Donald Trelford (who edited The Observer between 1975 and 1993); Bill Hagerty (deputy editor of the Daily Mirror and editor of The People); and Roy Greenslade (whose 40-year career embraced the Daily Mirror, The Sunday Times, The Sun, and who, since 1992, has had a further career as a media commentator).

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