Press Gang: How Newspapers Make Profits from Propaganda

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Pan, 2004 - British newspapers - 795 pages
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Tracing the changing face of British newspapers, Roy Greenslade shows how the way we live has been shaped by what we read. With the insight one would expect from the media commentator for the Guardian, the newspaper world is brought to life, from its dominance as a news force in the 1940s to the salacious world of the gutter press in the 1980s. While analysing such dominant media figures as Rupert Murdoch, Robert Maxwell and Kelvin Mackenzie, Press Gang also examines the trends, the biases and the impact of the Press as we know it today.

'The best history of the British press since [Francis] Williams ... an essential set text for students of journalism and the media' The Times

'Formidably complete and perceptive record of British journalism over the last 60 years' Observer

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About the author (2004)

ROY GREENSLADE is Professor of Journalism at London's City University and the Guardian's media commentator. In his forty-year journalistic career he has worked for nine national newspapers and was editor of the Daily Mirror. He regularly broadcasts on television and radio, and has written two previous books Goodbye to the Working Class (1976) and Maxwell's Fall (1992). He lives in Brighton and in Co. Donegal, Ireland.

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