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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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An Imperial Institution, 1865–1914

An Imperial Institution, 1865–1914

(p.49) Three An Imperial Institution, 1865–1914
The Power of News

Donald Read

Oxford University Press

In the next few years, the Reuters news agency functioned increasingly as a semi-official institution of the British Empire. This chapter recounts how Reuters achieved a great status as an institution and private company. It was more remarkable for a firm started by a foreigner who had not even begun to live in England until the age of thirty-four. Yet, Julius Reuter was aspiring to achieve even more than this. Reuter was named a baron by the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Later he was given the same rank in England. After several years of competition, Reuter and two rival services, Havas of France and Wolff of Germany, agreed on a geographic division of territory, leaving Havas and Wolff their respective countries, parts of Europe, and South America. Reuter opened the first news agency office outside of Europe in Alexandria. With his services rapidly expanding throughout Europe, Reuter laid his own telegraph cables across the North Sea.

Keywords:   Julius Reuter, Bismarck, agency, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, The Times, telegraphs

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