March 25, 1992 |
Punch Magazine to Stop Publishing: After 150 years of tickling British readers with genteel satire and distinctive cartoons, Punch magazine has gone down for the count. Today, fewer and fewer readers are willing to pay for Punch, and the publisher's choice was to pull the plug as of April 8. Graham Wilson, managing director of United Newspapers, the parent company, said it could no longer absorb the magazine's losses, estimated at more than $1.7 million last year.
August 27, 1991 |
In the ongoing battle between tradition and modernity, chalk one up for tradition. At least, that's the way it looks now in the case of two British media organizations that tried to buck the national custom of publishing Sunday newspapers with separate staffs and separate identities from their "sister" six-day-a-week editions. The Sunday Telegraph and then the Independent on Sunday tried to follow the U.S.
January 12, 2000 |
In what promises to be a landmark libel case over Holocaust denial, Hitler biographer David Irving portrayed himself before Britain's High Court on Tuesday as a victim of an international Jewish conspiracy to blacken his reputation. The British historian, much criticized for his widely dismissed views that there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz and that Hitler did not authorize the extermination of Jews, rejected a U.S. professor's claim that he is a Holocaust denier.
December 20, 1991 |
Maxwell's Sons Accused: Mirror Group Newspapers alleged in court that the late Robert Maxwell's sons, Ian and Kevin Maxwell, were responsible for improperly taking $91 million from the media company. The allegation was made in support of a civil suit seeking to reclaim a total of $311 million, the bulk of it allegedly taken on the authority of the late publisher.
March 25, 1989 |
The uninitiated may understandably wonder what all the fuss is about. Here's novelist Anthony Burgess calling it "the greatest publishing event of the century." It is to be marked by a half-day seminar and lunch at that bluest of blue-blood London hostelries, Claridge's. The guest list of 250 dignitaries is a literary "Who's Who."
January 7, 1989 |
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch emerged victorious Friday from a long-running takeover battle after Scottish publisher William Collins PLC accepted his offer valuing the company at $721 million (403 million pounds). The Glasgow-based firm, which numbers Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev among its authors and the Bible among its publications, is one of Britain's biggest independent publishing companies.