The Press: Changing Standard

When Lord Beaverbrook made greying, ascetic-looking Herbert Gunn the editor of his London Evening Standard in 1945, his instructions were brief: jack up the circulation, lift it from 600,000 to at least 1,000,000. An eager Beaverman for 15 years, Editor Gunn brightened up the Standard with new features, improved the news coverage, made the paper more talked about.

Under Gunn, circulation started up and he kept it climbing. He also kept the paper in plenty of hot water. When Parliament launched an investigation in 1947 into charges by M.P. Garry Allighan that certain...

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