Press: Tough Times

Evans is out in London

The announcement a year ago cheered Britain: Rupert Murdoch, the brash, bossy Australian who had bought the staid, venerable (197-year-old) Times of London, was appointing an imaginative and sternly independent editor. Murdoch hailed Harold Evans, for 14 years the chief of the separate Sunday Times, as Britain's "greatest editor" and the ideal man to reverse the daily paper's long, steep financial slide.

In short order Evans sharpened the paper's writing, splashed bold photographs on its gray pages, and instituted a cleaner, livelier layout. Circulation rose 6.7% to 297,787 for the second half of 1981, compared with the same...

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