Posts Tagged ‘daily Express’

Fleet Street jokes

July 17, 2016

Fleet Street was a place full of humour, much of it reflecting the rivalry between groups of journalists, such as news editors, sub-editors and reporters. Here are some examples.

A reporter tells his news editor that, trying to interview a man, he has been tossed about three times, the last time with a broken nose. ‘Huh,’ says the news editor, ‘you go back and try again. He can’t frighten me.’

Can’t remember where I heard that, but the next two come from the Cornmarket/ Haymarket news weekly Topic, which ran a column by Morley Richards, a former senior editor on the Daily Express.

Arthur (‘Chris’) Christiansen [a famous Express editor in its mid-1950s heyday] to gathered sub-editors at a lunch in 1962: ‘You are all pit ponies. Why, one of you greeted me on this sunny day with “Good evening”.’ Topic, 28 April, 1962

And some darker humour still:

Reporter: ‘The chief sub has hanged himself.’
Editor: ‘Have you cut him down yet?’
Reporter: ‘No, he’s not dead yet.’
                                              Topic, 28 July 1962


Redwood powerhouse Chris Ward

May 21, 2008

Christopher Ward as he appeared in Petticoat, a magazine for teenage girls

As joint founder and editorial director of customer publisher Redwood (not to mention former Daily Express editor when the Fleet Street job was still worth having – ‘Intruder at the Queen’s bedside’ was his big splash in 1982 after Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace), Christopher Ward was one of the most powerful figures in the industry, so – as one of his protégés – it’s a pleasure to be able to show the lad as he looked as a Petticoat columnist in 1971 (27 May issue).

Big glasses, big shirt collar – a penny round? – triple buttons on the cuffs and long, curly hair. So 1970s! And I’ll bet he was wearing flairs or parallel trousers with chunky platform shoes. Trousers and shirts were tight then.

Petticoat – or Petticoat Trend – to give it the full title, was a large format weekly from IPC Magazines for teenage girls. The editor was Terry Hornett, who went on to found Carlton, a magazine publisher best known for young women’s glossy Options and Riva, a short-lived attempt to launch a glossy weekly in 1988. Carlton was bought by Reed in 1987 and then merged into IPC. Hornett made a foray back into magazine in 1993, when he bought the failing Time Out rival City Limits.

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