Ref NoOBS/6/1/1/2/2/10/1/13
TitleObserver / Lonrho relationship
Extent3 files
Creator NameThe Observer Limited; Editor's Office; Donald Trelford
DescriptionDonald Trelford's correspondence with or concerning Lonrho
Correspondents include: Donald Trelford, Tiny Rowland, David Astor, T J Robinson, Jack Lundin, Francesca Pollard

File 1:
Memorandum of Agreement between the Observer and Lonrho, the report of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission on the proposed merger between Lonrho Limited and House of Fraser (1981), Tiny Rowland's character and past, Lonrho News releases, invitations to meetings and lunches, NUJ motions, topics of articles, the Observer's editorial independence, circulation of the Observer, independent directors' statement in reply to the NUJ Chapel motion of June 7 1989.

Also includes: A print of Tiny Rowland at the Albert exhibition dated 14 December 1983, editor's report November 1981, a copy of The Media Reporter vol. 5.3 (1981) on 'Rowland at the Observer', internal audit report of the Observer April 1983, Opinion on the Memorandum of Agreement by Michael Hunt June 1989.

File 2:
Richard Hall's book 'My life with Tiny', job applications, requests for support and sponsorship, complaints about articles published in the Observer (including letter from Adnan Kahshoggi), Lonrho News Releases, the report of the Department of Trade and Industry on the acquisition of Harrods by the House of Fraser, Donald Trelford's complaints about articles on the Observer by other publications, copies of Tiny Rowland's correspondence regarding Mohamed Fayed and Harrods, the Observer's articles on various African countries such as Malawi and Kenya, the official opening of the Observer building at Chelsea Bridge House, Lonrho's sale of the Observer in 1993, Trelford's termination of employment.

Also includes: Follow up on May 1983 and July 1985 internal audit reports dated 26 August 1986, 'Pitch, pool, rink, ...court? Judicial review in the sporting world' by Michael J Beloff (1988).

File 3:
Monopolies and mergers commission including copy of evidence supplied by Conor Cruise O'Brien and submission by David Astor, research on Tiny Rowland's profile and history, complaint by Jack Lundin to Richard Hall regarding his portrayal in the book 'My Life with Tiny', and campaign against Tiny Rowland by Francesca Pollard.
System Of ArrangementChronological
Access StatusOpen(part)
Access ConditionsSome material closed to researchers in line with Data Protection Act
CopyrightMainly Guardian News & Media

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