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David Montgomery. Who is this guy? - There is an interesting article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Some facts:

In 1987, Robert Murdoch made him chief editor of the "today". One of his first activities there was to change an article reporting about the Labour Party's opposition against Murdoch's takover into an attack on the critics of the deal.

In 2003, after he had bought the Belfast newspaper "News Letter", he showed up in the editorial office. He is said to be the author of the leading article "Put the Pride back in Protestant", in which he encouraged his fellow Unionists who were disappointed by too many concessions to Irish nationalists.

Apart from his history of interfering with editorial affairs of his publications, Montgomery is being criticised also as an economically unsuccessful, uninspired manager. "Looking back on his career, it seems that Montgomery does not know any other discipline than cuts and savings." He managed to rehabilitate the Mirror-Group, but when challenged by Mordoch in a price war in the 1990s, he was helpless. It is interesting to note that the investors of Trinity-Mirror forced him to step back in 1999.

As it seems to me, there is enough reason for the Berliner Zeitung to be sceptical about this deal.

by Saturday (geckes(at)gmx.net) on Mon Oct 17th, 2005 at 05:45:42 PM EST

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