Christopher Ward (journalist)

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Christopher John Ward
Born (1942-08-25) 25 August 1942 (age 74)[1]
Education King's College School, Wimbledon[2]
Occupation Chairman of Redwood Publishing
Employer Redwood Publishing, the Daily Express, the Daily Mirror
Awards Mark Boxer Award (1995)[3]

Christopher Ward is a British author, journalist, editor, and publisher. He is also the grandson and biographer of Jock Hume, a violinist who died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic and one of the members of the band which continued playing while the ship sank.


Ward began his career as a journalist in 1959 working at local newspapers, the Driffield Times and the Newcastle Evening Chronicle. He then moved to national daily, the Daily Mirror, in 1963 where he worked as a reporter, columnist and sub-editor before becoming assistant editor at the Mirror and its sister paper the Sunday Mirror in 1976. After five years in this position, Ward left the Mirror in 1981 to become editor at the Daily Express, a national daily newspaper, at age 38. He remained at the Express for two years, before leaving in 1983[1] to jointly found Redwood magazine publishers with Christopher Curry and Michael Potter.[2][4]

Between 2002 and 2008, Ward was UK chairman of the World Wide Fund for Nature.[5]

His book, And the Band Played On: The Titanic Violinist and the Glovemaker: A True Story of Love, Loss and Betrayal (2011), became a Sunday Times bestseller and was made into a documentary for the Discovery Channel titled, Titanic: The Aftermath.[6] The book details the story of Ward's grandfather, Jock Hume, a violinist who died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic and one of the members of the band which continued playing while the ship sank.[7][8]



  1. ^ a b "Christopher Ward, Esq Authorised Biography". Debrett's People of Today Online. Debrett's. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Greenslade, Roy (2004). Press Gang: How Newspapers Make Profits from Propaganda. London: Pan Macmillan. p. 402. ISBN 9780330393768. 
  3. ^ "Christopher Ward, 1995" (PDF). Mark Boxer Award - The 'Gong' for Outstanding Services to the Industry. British Society of Magazine Publishers. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Media Lifeline: Redwood Publishing". Campaign. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Unwavering commitment". World Wide Fund for Nature. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Devan, Subhadra (30 March 2012). "That sinking feeling". New Straits Times. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Ward, Christopher (29 February 2012). "What Happened To My Grandfather After the Titanic Sank". Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Davenport-Hines, Richard (20 August 2011). "Book reviews: When the great ship went down". The Spectator. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
Media offices
Preceded by
Arthur Firth
Editor of The Daily Express
1981 - 1983
Succeeded by
Larry Lamb