News, Newspapers and Television by Alastair Hetherington (auth.)

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The three principal directorates - television, radio and external - have their own weekly management meetings, as well as weekly programme review boards which serve both as a channel of information and as an opportunity for programme heads to savage or praise each other's output. The lesser directorates - engineering, finance, personnel and public affairs (including regions) - have their own gatherings. Minutes , sometimes many pages long, flow from these and other meetings. ) There is also a weekly news and current affairs meeting, which used to be chaired by the Director-General and could 36 News, Newspapers and Television last as much as three hours but is now chaired by the Assistant Director-General and usually shorter.

Comment is free but facts are sacred . ' Those last words have been misinterpreted almost as often as they have been quoted. Scott well knew that reporting must frequently involve analysis and interpretation, and he encouraged his staff to explain and illuminate, most notably in their work from Russia after the revolution and in Ireland during and after the troubles leading to independence. 8 After C. 's death the Scott family did something that is so far unique in newspaper history. They divested themselves of all beneficial ownership in the company - then the Manchester Guardian and Evening News Ltd - transferring the whole of the ordinary shareholding to the Scott Trust.

There was less intervention in that period, but also a loss of sales and vitality. Reed's directors eventually grew tired of the troubles in the newspaper industry and sold the Mirror group to Maxwell, though before doing so they had tried to promote a scheme which would have given the staffs of the newspapers a stake in ownership. Immediately after taking over, Maxwell projected himself constantly through his papers with personal publicity such as no other proprietor had sought in recent years, if ever.

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