Tim Luckhurst

A sovereign editor: Arthur Mann's Yorkshire Post and its crusade against appeasement, 1938-1939

During Britain's appeasement of Nazi Germany, the British press was reluctant to criticise government policy and it came under pressure not to do so. The most powerful national titles were determined to support Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's efforts to appease Hitler. One regional Conservative title, the Yorkshire Post stood out against the consensus. This bold stance was the creation of its editor, Arthur Mann. This paper examines the Yorkshire Post's editorial opposition to appeasement between the Anschluss of March 1938 and the entry of German forces into Prague in March 1939. It explores how Mann resisted pressure from his Conservative proprietors to abandon his stance and examines his understanding of his duty as editor

Keywords: Arthur Mann, Yorkshire Post, appeasement, proprietorial pressures


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Note on the contributor

Tim Luckhurst is Professor of Journalism at the University of Kent and founding head of the University's Centre for Journalism. He is a former editor of the Scotsman and has worked as a producer and editor for the BBC. His research focuses on the history of journalism and has been published in Contemporary British History; Journalism Studies; British Journalism Review and 1914-1918 Online, The International Encyclopedia of the First World War. He is the author of This is Today: A biography of the Today Programme (Aurum Press) and Responsibility without power: Lord Justice Leveson's constitutional dilemma (Abramis Academic).