Barry Askew

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Barry Askew (13 December 1936 – 17 April 2012[1]) was a British journalist, editor of the Lancashire Evening Post and briefly of the News of the World.

Askew grew up in Preston,[2] and worked for the Lancashire Evening Post, winning the IPC National Press Awards Campaigning Journalist award in 1972,[3] and soon becoming editor of the paper.

In April 1981, Askew was appointed as editor of the News of the World,[4] partly on the recommendation of Harold Evans, editor of The Times.[2] 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.[2] At the end of the month, he left the newspaper,[4] and spent the rest of his career in various short-term provincial posts.[5]


  1. ^ Barry Askew: Obituary, Lancashire Evening Post, 25 April 2012
  2. ^ a b c Richard Hall, "Queen trumps Fleet St joker", The Guardian, 13 December 1981
  3. ^ Simon Winchester, "Guardian writers honoured", The Guardian, 29 March 1972
  4. ^ a b Philip Jordan, "News of the World replaces editor", The Guardian, 30 December 1981
  5. ^ "Regrets? I’ve had a few", British Journalism Review, Vol 17, No 3 (2006)
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Preceded by
Kenneth Donlan
Editor of the News of the World
Succeeded by
Derek Jameson