Ref NoOHP/25
TitleRichard Fry
Date23 February 2001
Extent1 audio tape, 1 cd, 1 file, 1 AIFF file (793.1 MB)
Creator NameFry; Richard Henry (1900-2002); journalist
DescriptionInterview with Richard Fry, financial editor for the Guardian with assistance from his friend William Clarke. Conducted by Victor Keegan on 23 February 2001. Also includes a data sheet containing biographical details about the subject and information about the recording.

Summary contents of interview (with rough timings):

Disc 1:
Track 1
01.10 Guardian interview at 40-43 Fleet Street with Cecil Sprigge, then Financial editor
06.11 Started at the beginning of 1938 with just his editor and 'a boy'
08.23 How the Guardian was regarded as 'provincial but rather high-class'

10.26 Wrote a little on India urging independence
13.57 Interviewed Harold Wilson for a job, struck him as 'enormouly clever but a bit too clever for the Guardian'
19.50 Wilson used to give the Guardian exclusives after doing deals when he was president at the Board of Trade

23.22 Memories of WP Crozier - 'stern but practical'
29.09 How he became Financial editor. The day the Second World War broke out Sprigge said to him 'I must go. Richard, you must take over. Goodbye.'

47.10 Recap - had been talking about view of treasury statistics. Fry went around the country to business places in order to get information
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsAccess to recording via GNM Digital Repository


FormatElectronic record
CD recording
Printed document
Tape recording
CopyrightGuardian News & Media Ltd and Richard Fry

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