Ref NoOHP/5
TitleKen Brown
Date26 June 2001
Extent1 minidisc, 1 cd, 7 AIFF files (270 MB)
Creator NameBrown; Kenneth Thomas (1928-); sub-editor
DescriptionInterview with Ken Brown, sub-editor for the Guardian. Conducted by Campbell Stevenson on 26 June 2001.

Summary contents of interview (with rough timings):

Track 2:
00.00 First day at the Observer - open fire 'we do not put coal on the fire'; on Nora Beloff

Track 3:
02.00 What he enjoyed about the Observer 'more like a common room than a newspaper….intellectual atmosphere'
03.00 KPO [Kenneth Obank] 'expert in producing newspapers'
04.10 Khrushchev special edition featuring speech denouncing Stalin
04.40 Pub culture, long lunch session and evening talks about arts, politics, life, mentions seeing Saul Bellow
06.30 Obank redesign and typeface
09.55 On the composing room - Union control in Fleet Street 'unbelievable'

10.40 Bill Harman "seemed to be on your side"
11.40 David Astor and his quality of turning people who weren't journalists into good writers

Track 4:
00.00 Suez at the News Chronicle and Daily Mail

Track 5:
01.00 Lajos Lederer asking 'how's your love life…I always advise Observer people on their love lives'
David Astor, KPO's background - Yorkshireman, "great drinker", first class production newspaper man
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsAccess to recording via GNM Digital Repository


FormatElectronic record
CD recording
Minidisc recording
CopyrightGuardian News & Media Ltd and Ken Brown

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