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The Bottom Line
The bottom line

I should like it to be a fixed thing that the name of the proprietor as well as the editor should be printed upon every paper. If the paper is owned by shareholders, let there be a list of shareholders. If … it is owned by one man, let that one man's name be printed on the paper, if possible in large red letters. Then, if there are any obvious interests being served, we shall know that they are being served.

‘The Faults of the Press’, The Illustrated London News, G.K. Chesterton, 1907

When newspaper proprietor Lord Thomson was awarded the first independent television licence in 1954, he declared that it was a like being given a licence to print money. Media ...

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