Northcliffe bosses rewrite history on 80th birthday of Bristol Evening Post

category bristol | media and culture | news report author Friday April 20, 2012 22:34author by Tony Gosling Report this post to the editors

One of the first untruths you will read when you open a copy of The new Post is "The Paper All Bristol Called For And Helped To Create" - because the opposite is the case. 'The Post' paper we see in Bristol today is owned by Northcliffe which is part of Lord Rothermere's Daily Mail empire. The Bristol Evening Post was set up in 1932 by public subscription in an appeal led by the Bishop of Malmesbury. It was formed as an independent Bristol owned paper precisely to compete with the Northcliffe paper of its day - The Evening World which it eventually out-sold. Shares in the original 1932 Bristol Evening Post were gradually bought up by Lord Rothermere's son in the 1970s ... and by the 1980s he began to demand places on the board and took the Bristol Evening Post back under Rothermere control. But that was only after one of the Bristol owners and Chairman, Walter Hawkins had died. Walter's wife is still alive and lives up in Alveston on the way to Thornbury ... and I spoke to Joan Hawkins recently about her husband and how the character of the paper has changed from "The Paper All Bristol Called For And Helped To Create" since it was re-taken over in the 1980s by Rothermere's Northcliffe newspapers.... Lord Rothermere's Daily Mail supported the Nazis in the 1930s, along with many of our post-Victorian German royalty such as Edward VIII. They changed their name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor during the first World War.

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