William Hickey (columnist)
The column was first established by Tom Driberg in May 1933. An existing gossip column was relaunched following the intervention of the Express's proprietor Lord Beaverbrook. It was titled "These Names Make News". Driberg described the new feature as "...an intimate biographical column about...men and women who matter. Artists, statesmen, airmen, writers, financiers, explorers..."
Historian David Kynaston calls Driberg the "founder of the modern gossip column", which moved away from genteel chit-chat towards commentary on social and political issues. The tone of the column was described by biographer Richard Davenport-Hines as "wry, compassionate, and brimm[ing] with...open-minded intelligence". Driberg continued to write the column until 1943.
The column has been written by numerous anonymous journalists over the decades. In the 1960s, it was written by columnist Nigel Dempster.
- Martin Stannard, Evelyn Waugh: the critical heritage, Psychology Press, 1997, p,226
- Wheen (2001), The Soul of Indiscretion: Tom Driberg, Poet, Philanderer, Legislator and Outlaw. London: Fourth Estate. pp. 79–81
- "These Names Make News: Statement of Policy". Daily Express: 19. 12 May 1933.
- Kynaston (2007), Austerity Britain 1945–51, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, p. 141
- Davenport-Hines, Richard (2004). "Tom Driberg". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online edition. Retrieved 12 February 2010.(subscription required)
- BBC News, Driberg always under suspicion, 13 September 1999
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