Why Wapping?

Rex Winsbury

There was once a famous proprietor of the Times newspaper who, wishing to introduce new technology into his production plant but fearing the hostility of his print workers, resorted to subterfuge. He installed his new equipment secretly in a separate building, got it working without the use of traditional print staff, all the while maintaining normal production at his old works. When the new plant was ready and actually printing the Times, he presented it as a fait accompli to his workers.

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[*] Rupert Murdoch: A Paper Prince by George Munster, Viking, 291 pp., £12.95, 27 March, 0 670 80503 3.