Media: Talk of the Trade: Donald's adieu
A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Wednesday 02 June 1993
The Observer last Sunday qualifies only in as much as it was the last under the old regime headed by Donald Trelford, editor for the past 18 years, and might have offered a tiny (or Tiny) footnote in newspaper history.
It didn't disappoint, either for students of media or of psychology. Mr Trelford reversed the normal journalistic battle lines by firing a salvo at his former deputy, Anthony Howard: 'As for his remark in the Spectator that nobody had the guts to stand up to Lonrho, Howard stood up all right: at full attention by his telephone whenever Tiny called.'
Perhaps the psychology students could also help decipher Mr Trelford's last words of farewell, a soccer metaphor warning to his successor, Jonathan Fenby, to take note of what happened to Brian Clough. Was he referring to years of success, a tragic downfall or an alleged drink problem? All very mysterious.
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