Newspapers: Imitating the Imitator

They laughed in 1959 when Canadian-born Roy Thomson invaded Fleet Street, the citadel of British journalism. They scoffed in 1962 when Thomson, who cheerfully swipes anybody's idea, tacked a New World gimmick, the four-color magazine supplement, onto the anemic corpus of one of his new London properties, the Sunday Times. They gloated when Thomson's Folly, as the Times supplement soon was dubbed, lost $2,250,000 in its first 18 months. But by last week, with Thomson's Folly an established success and its creator ennobled with the title Lord Thomson of Fleet, they were...

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