Screening: A Tabloid is Born

Screening Monday 10th September, 2007

Legendary Sun Editor Kelvin MacKenzie explores the origins of the redtops at the dawn of the 20th century, beginning with the launch of the Daily Mail in 1896. The publisher was Alfred Harmsworth – a maverick opportunist who grew up to become the ‘Napoleon of Fleet Street’.

While still in his teens, he realised that the Victorian broadsheets bored most ordinary Edwardians stupid. The Mail would provide them with stories that would inform and entertain – scandal, celebrities and a few ‘first class murders’.

Director: Nick Read
Executive Producer: Denman Rooke
Length: 60 mins