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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 Great Reuter’

‘The Great Reuter’

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The Power of News

Donald Read

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how Reuter built up a strong reputation and could quickly extend his company's service to the entire British press. Reuter's continuing successes brought him to the attention of the highest levels of government. In 1861, Reuter was presented at the Court of Queen Victoria by Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. The spread of undersea cables helped Reuter extend his service to other continents. Reuters was the first news agency to bring the news of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination in the United States to the European public. By the mid-1860s Julius Reuter's name and reputation were well established. The name of ‘the great Reuter’ was as familiar as the name of Dickens — the great Victorian novelist, who was also a journalist by training.

Keywords:   Reuter's Telegram Company, Telegram, Reuter, Charles Dickens, Lord Palmerston

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