Douglas Machray

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Douglas Basil Machray (1 September 1911 - 1977) was a British newspaper editor, and the editor of the Daily Herald from 1957 to 1960.

Douglas Basil Machray was born in Lancashire, England,[1] on 1 September 1911.[2]

Machray was 46 when he took over from the sacked Sydney Elliott as editor of the Daily Herald in 1957, having previously been in sub-editing, then production editor.[3] Machray is perhaps best remembered for shifting the paper's stance to being in favour of unilateral nuclear disarmament, which was supported by the majority of its readers, and the left of the Labour Party, but not its leaders, or the TUC.[3]

Machray died in 1977.[2]


  1. ^ "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008". Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007". Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b Roy Greenslade (2004). Press Gang: How Newspapers Make Profits from Propaganda. Pan. pp. 113–. ISBN 978-0-330-39376-8. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
Media offices
Preceded by
Percy Cudlipp
Editor of the Daily Herald
Succeeded by
John Beaven