Alexander Chancellor

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Alexander Chancellor
Born (1940-01-04)4 January 1940
Died 28 January 2017(2017-01-28) (aged 77)
Nationality British
Occupation Journalist
Known for Editor of The Spectator

Alexander Surtees Chancellor, CBE (4 January 1940 – 28 January 2017) was a British journalist.

Chancellor was educated at Eton College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was the editor of the conservative Spectator magazine from 1975 to 1984. In 1993 he spent a year in the United States working as an editor at The New Yorker magazine, where he oversaw the "Talk of the Town" section.[1] Some thought him "bumbling" and a "laughing stock", imparting a "skepticism so dry and genial it apparently went unnoticed."[2] This experience was the basis of a memoir, Some Times in America, which was published in both the UK and the U.S. in 2000.[3] In June 2014 he became editor of The Oldie magazine in succession to Richard Ingrams.[4] Until January 2012, he contributed a weekly column in The Guardian, published in the "Weekend" supplement each Saturday. In March 2012, he began to contribute to The Spectator again, with a column entitled "Long Life".[5]

Chancellor lived in Northamptonshire, and was the father of British model Cecilia Chancellor and the uncle of British actress Anna Chancellor.[6] He was the grandson of Sir John Chancellor, the first Governor of Southern Rhodesia.[7]

He was appointed a CBE in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to journalism.[8]

Alexander Chancellor died on 28 January 2017, aged 77.[9]


  1. ^ Porter, William (6 February 2000). "Best New Yorker profiles gathered in Life Stories". The Denver Post. Colorado. p. G-04. 
  2. ^ Judith Shulevitz THE CLOSE READER; Tina and Harry's Excellent Adventure, The New York Times, 12 August 2001
  3. ^ Chancellor, Alexander (2000). Some Times in America - And a Life in a Year at the New Yorker. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 978-0-7867-0710-2. 
  4. ^ Harry Mount "Richard Ingrams on his successor at The Oldie: 'He’s a bloody fool for taking the job’", Daily Telegraph, 12 June 2014
  5. ^ Greenslade, Roy (7 March 2012). "Chancellor returns to The Spectator". The Guardian. London. 
  6. ^ Kay, Richard (18 November 2005). "Winner singing the blues". Daily Mail. London. 
  7. ^ Despite Mugabe's hatred of British colonialism, the road he lives in is still named after my grandfather, The Guardian, 27 June 2008
  8. ^ "No. 60173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2012. p. 7. 
  9. ^ Mount, Harry (28 January 2017). "RIP, Alexander Chancellor, The Man Who Invented the Modern Spectator". The Spectator. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 

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Preceded by
Harold Creighton
Editor of The Spectator
Succeeded by
Charles Moore
Preceded by
Deputy Editor of the Sunday Telegraph
Succeeded by
Ian Watson