Donald Trelford

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Donald Trelford
Born 9 November 1937 (1937-11-09)
London, England
Occupation Journalist
Known for The Observer

Donald Trelford (born 9 November 1937) is a British journalist and academic, who was editor of The Observer newspaper from 1975 to 1993. He was also a director of The Observer from 1975 to 1993 and chief executive from 1992 to 1993.[1]


In 1994, he was appointed professor of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield,[2] and became a visiting professor in 2004 and emeritus professor in 2007.

Trelford was a member of the Council of the Advertising Standards Authority until 2008[3] and chairman of the London Press Club. He was also a member of the Newspaper Panel of the Competition Commission from 2001 to 2007.

He is a regular broadcaster and has published books on snooker and cricket and co-authored (with Daniel King) a book on the 1993 Times World Chess Championship in London between Nigel Short and Garry Kasparov.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He was educated at Bablake School, Coventry[5] and was school captain from 1955 to 1956.

Trelford has had three marriages. He has three children from his first marriage (the first, Sally, was born in 1965), a fourth from his second marriage and a fifth with his third wife Claire,[6] (a former TV presenter whom he married in 2001) in 2011 at the age of 73 Trelford became a father. Trelford lives in England and Majorca.[7]

Media offices
Preceded by
Michael Davie
Deputy Editor of The Observer
1969 - 1975
Succeeded by
John Cole
Preceded by
David Astor
Editor of The Observer
1975 - 1993
Succeeded by
Jonathan Fenby


  1. ^ "'I'm Britain's oldest new father', boasts former Observer editor". Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Donald Trelford on journalism's state of health". University of Sheffield. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "New ASA Council members appointed". ASA. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  4. ^ King, Daniel; Trelford, Donald (1993). World chess championship : Kasparov v Short. London: Cadogan Chess. ISBN 1857440668. 
  5. ^ "s Coventry man Donald Trelford Britain's oldest new dad?". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "I expected to be dead at 73, not doing 3am feeds with my baby". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Why we're all set to stay put in Spain". The Daily Telegraph.