The Press Association is the premier news-gathering agency in the UK, and this volume presents the history of the organization. However, this book is more than the history of an organization that has established itself as one of the most successful independent news agencies in the world. The PA has become a mirror of the society it has covered since its inception in 1868, and its record of political, sporting and social life since that time is a documentary account of the changing nature of Britain as it developed as a nation. This book tells the story of the people who founded the PA when the telegraph companies were privatized. This important change allowed independent agencies to establish their services to the regional press and present an objective opinion to the hundreds of thousands of new readers created by the changing nature of late Victorian society. As the PA moved into the 20th century, its role as a disseminator of information fitted entirely with the times, as the general public became better educated and more politically aware. In the latter part of the century, the PA started to cover events abroad - up until the considered business of Reuters - as its access to information become second to none.
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Chris Moncrieff, CBE, was formerly Political Editor of the Press Association. He joined the agency's parliamentary staff in 1962, was appointed a lobby reporter in 1973 and Chief Political Correspondent (later Political Editor) in 1980. When he reached official retirement in 1994, more than 100 MP's of all parties tabled a Commons motion congratulating him on his 'tireless devotion to duty'. Mrs Thatcher, a great admirer, made him a CBE in the 1989 New Years Honours for services to Parliamentary journalism. Her former Press Secretary, Sir Bemard Ingham, says of him: He is the nearest approach to the 24-hour journalist I have ever known, a straight reporter who writes without any spin. Chris, 70, has been profiled by both the BBC and ITV
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Book Description Virgin Books, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1852279176