The Press: Death of a Viscount

A new era began for Britain's press one day in 1896 when two Harmsworth brothers, sons of an indigent London barrister, started the Daily Mail. First of Britain's great papers for the masses, it made the Harmsworths first of a fabulous line of British press lords. That era definitely ended last week when the younger of the Harmsworth brothers, aged 72, died of dropsy in Bermuda.

Alfred Harmsworth was 23 when he started his first paper, Answers to Correspondents, a gossipy, amusing weekly journal. It caught on with Britain's masses. Harold Harmsworth was then...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!