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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 Autocracy of Roderick Jones, 1919–1934

The Autocracy of Roderick Jones, 1919–1934

(p.157) Seven The Autocracy of Roderick Jones, 1919–1934
The Power of News

Donald Read

Oxford University Press

Sir Roderick Jones ran Reuters as an autocracy. This had been his style in South Africa, and it was still more his style as head of Reuters between the wars. Between the wars, Reuters encountered increasing difficulty in protecting its position throughout the world. In particular, it found the challenge of the thrusting American news agencies hard to meet. The weakening position of Reuters in the world mirrored the weakening position of the British Empire itself. The British government did not depend solely upon Reuters for circulating favourable news and comment. The Foreign Office decided in 1919 to continue the British Official News Service, which had been started during the war, which was later known as the British Official Wireless. Later in the 1930s, Reuters prided itself upon receiving or sending news by teleprinter across the world in a matter of minutes.

Keywords:   Sir Roderick Jones, Reuters, British Official Wireless, autocracy, transmission, wireless, ticker

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