13 September 2018, The Tablet

Managed decline

Managed decline

Alan Rusbridger on his way to the Leveson Inquiry


At The Guardian the mantra has always been that “Comment is free, but facts are sacred”. One might add that it’s the details that tell the story. Take the editor’s office. In Breaking News, partly a memoir of his 20-year editorship of The Guardian and part-treatise on journalism’s future, Alan Rusbridger mentions that he brought in a set of low-slung yellow sofas. They were there to encourage discourse, and suggested that editorial meetings were akin to gatherings in an Oxford common room. Rusbridger is now ensconced in Oxford, as principal of Lady Margaret Hall, and in his place as editor is Katharine Viner. The sofas are gone. In their place is a set of businesslike black chairs.

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