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The Power of NewsThe History of Reuters$
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Donald Read

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207689

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207689.001.0001

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The World's News, 1945–1989

The World's News, 1945–1989

(p.437) Fifteen The World's News, 1945–1989
The Power of News

Donald Read

Oxford University Press

At the coming of peace in 1945, the reputation of Reuters as a general news agency stood high. In the succeeding decades, the task of Reuter journalists and managers was to maintain and to develop that reputation. The Second World War had been easy to report on as it was usually obvious which were the big war stories to follow, whereas in peacetime correspondents required much more effort to seek out unanticipated and preferably exclusive stones. The way Reuters reported the Anglo-French landings in the Suez Canal zone demonstrated strikingly to the world that, after a century as a national and imperial institution, the old agency was ceasing to be the news agency of the British Empire. Its Suez reporting showed that Reuters no longer wanted to be a channel for writing the news from the British point of view and instead it was developing a supranational attitude.

Keywords:   Anglo-French landings, Suez Canal zone, compensation, correspondents, liberation, journalists

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