Vivienne Harris (businesswoman)

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Vivienne Harris, MBE (née Hytner; 7 November 1921 – 4 March 2011)[1] was a British businesswoman, newspaper publisher and journalist who co-founded the Jewish Telegraph in December 1950 with her husband, Frank Harris. The couple married in 1949.[2]

She was born Vivienne Hytner in Prestwich, Lancashire, England. Frank Harris, a freelance journalist, had relocated to Manchester from London.[2] She and her husband co-founded the weekly Jewish Telegraph in the dining room of their home in Salford, Greater Manchester, in 1950.[2] Vivienne Harris oversaw much of the newspaper's expansion from its origins as a four-page, weekly paper[3] during the next sixty years, until 2011.[2] Under Harris, the Jewish Telegraph expanded to four editions in four major British cities – Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow.[2] Her husband and newspaper co-founder Frank Harris died in 1979. Their son, Paul, became group editor while Vivienne remained financial director and co-owner.[2]

In June 1997, Harris was the recipient of the MBE for her contributions to journalism and to Greater Manchester.[3] She remained the Jewish Telegraph's financial director until her death in 2011.[3] Harris was active in numerous charitable organizations, including Save the Children, the Citizens Advice Bureau of Salford, the League of Jewish Women, St Ann's Hospice and the Jewish Day Centre.[3]

She addressed attendees at the Jewish Telegraph's 60th anniversary dinner in December 2010.[3] Dignitaries at the event, which was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Manchester International Airport, included Bury's Lord Mayor and Mayoress, John and Brenda Byrne.[3]


Vivienne Harris died at her home in Broughton Park on 4 March 2011, aged 89.[2] She remained the active financial director of the newspaper until her death.[2] She was survived by her sons, Paul, the Jewish Telegraph's present owner and group editor[3][2] and Jonathan.[3]


  1. ^ England and Wales, Death Index, 2007-2015
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i McKeegan, Alice (2011-03-10). "Founder of Jewish Telegraph, Vivienne Harris, dies aged 89". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tributes to paper pioneer Vivienne". Bury Times. 2011-03-10. Retrieved 2011-03-10.