Trouble with Cap’n Bob

The BBC is plugging Saturday’s Radio 4 programme about Robert Maxwell – Travels with Cap’n Bob – as if he were some kind of Alan Whicker. I doubt if the thousands of Mirror employees who lost their pensions by his thieving think of him in the same way. The trailer to Julia Langdon’s documentary makes no reference to his villainy:

‘Former Daily Mirror political editor Julia Langdon recalls the extraordinary travels of Robert Maxwell. The late newspaper tycoon journeyed all around the world to meet people of power and influence, many of them Communist dictators of the old school. No expense was spared on these trips, and Julia was frequently part of the entourage who witnessed what Maxwell saw as historic events.’

Lucky Julia. The programme runs on Saturday morning: 5 January 2008 10:30-11:00 (Radio 4 FM).

Profile: Robert Maxwell’s The European


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