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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 Decline and Fall of Roderick Jones, 1934–1941

The Decline and Fall of Roderick Jones, 1934–1941

(p.186) Eight The Decline and Fall of Roderick Jones, 1934–1941
The Power of News

Donald Read

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives an account of the last year and a half of Roderick Jones's time at Reuters. Jones had a forced retirement and the reasons for this were never explained. Foreign Office files show that officials had begun to work behind the scenes towards the removal of Jones himself. Too often he found himself apologizing to the offices for blunders in reporting. Later it was also seen that the Reuter directors were growing irritated as Jones was retaining total control in practice even while claiming to welcome their full involvement. In offering his resignation, Jones stipulated that he should be paid his full salary until the end of the year, followed by a half-salary pension thereafter. Jones was never given the peerage which he long expected would be his reward. His claims were put forward several times by his friends in politics but this did not help him much.

Keywords:   Sir Roderick Jones, Reuters, peerage, reporting, BBC, wireless, private correspondence

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