Bert Gunn

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Herbert Smith "Bert" Gunn (3 April 1903 – 2 March 1962) was a British newspaper editor.

Born in Gravesend, Gunn worked as a reporter for the Kent Messenger, and then the Straits Times in Singapore. He returned to the UK to work at the Manchester Evening News, then the London Evening News and the Evening Standard. He also married, and had two sons: Thom Gunn, later a poet, and Ander Gunn, later a photographer.[1]

In 1936, Gunn became the first northern editor of the Daily Express, then in 1943 became managing editor. He wrote the headline "It's That Man Again", referring to Hitler, later to become the title of a popular radio show.[1]

Gunn became editor of the Evening Standard in 1944, but owner Lord Beaverbrook disagreed with his plans to adopt a more populist approach, and Gunn left in 1952. Gunn also revealed that Labour Party MP Garry Allighan was leaking stories to the newspaper, following which Allighan resigned.[1]

In 1953, Gunn joined the Daily Sketch as its editor, and doubled its circulation in six years.[1] In 1958–1959, he was the President of the Institute of Journalists.[2] He moved to edit the Sunday Dispatch in 1959, but this was merged with the Sunday Express in 1961 and Gunn resigned from Associated Newspapers in 1962.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Charles Wintour, "Gunn, Herbert Smith", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ The Europa Year Book 1959, p.536
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Preceded by
Sydney Elliott
Editor of the Evening Standard
1945–1952
Succeeded by
Percy Elland
Preceded by
Henry Clapp
Editor of the Daily Sketch
1953–1959
Succeeded by
Colin Valdar
Preceded by
Charles Eade
Editor of the Sunday Dispatch
1959–1961
Succeeded by
Position abolished