The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

Sir Harold, I'm going to cover the history 1981, when you become editor of the Times, to 1982 fairly succinctly, if I may. Can I do it in this way: the book you wrote, "My Paper Chase", we have it under tab 14, our page 00115, you say towards the bottom of the page that:

"In my first six months at the Times, Murdoch was an electric presence, vivid and amusing, direct and fast in his decisions, and a good ally against the old guard, as I worked to sharpen the paper's news values while retaining every element of its traditional coverage ..."

So it looks as if something went wrong from the autumn of 1981; is that right?

Keyboard shortcuts

j previous speech k next speech