In April 1981, Askew was appointed as editor of the News of the World, partly on the recommendation of Harold Evans, editor of The Times. In early December, he came into conflict with the Queen after claiming that if Princess Diana felt harassed by press photographers she should send a servant out to shop for her. At the end of the month, he left the newspaper, and spent the rest of his career in various short-term provincial posts.
- Barry Askew: Obituary, Lancashire Evening Post, 25 April 2012
- Richard Hall, "Queen trumps Fleet St joker", The Guardian, 13 December 1981
- Simon Winchester, "Guardian writers honoured", The Guardian, 29 March 1972
- Philip Jordan, "News of the World replaces editor", The Guardian, 30 December 1981
- "Regrets? I’ve had a few", British Journalism Review, Vol 17, No 3 (2006)
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