Maurice Green (journalist)

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Maurice Green (8 December 1906 – 19 July 1987) was a British journalist and newspaper editor.

Born in Padiham, Lancashire, England, Green attended Rugby School and University College, Oxford, gaining a half-blue in chess, before becoming a journalist on the Financial News. He quickly made an impact, and was appointed editor in 1934. With Otto Clarke, he devised the Financial News 30-share index, which later served as the basis for the FTSE 100. In 1938, he became Financial and Industrial Editor of The Times, then during World War II served as an officer with the Royal Artillery.[1]

Green was released from the army in 1944 and returned to The Times, earning a promotion to Assistant Editor in 1953. In 1961, he was appointed Assistant Editor of the Daily Telegraph, and became Editor for ten years from 1964. He used his time to champion free market economics and the emerging Thatcherite wing of the Conservative Party.[1]

In 1976–1977 he was president of the Institute of Journalists.

Following his retirement, Green continued to write for the Telegraph, and served as President of the Institute of Journalists in 1976-77, using the post to attack trade unionism.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Green, (James) Maurice Spurgeon", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Media offices
Preceded by
Oscar Rudolf Hobson
Editor of the Financial News
Succeeded by
Hargreaves Parkinson
Preceded by
Donald McLachlan
Deputy Editor of the Daily Telegraph
Succeeded by
Colin Welch
Preceded by
Colin Coote
Editor of The Daily Telegraph
Succeeded by
Bill Deedes