Arthur Henry Mann Yorkshire Post from 1919 to 1939, where he was known for his "resolute independence" and helped precipitate the crisis leading to the Abdication of Edward VIII by publishing criticism of the King.(7 July 1876 – 23 July 1972) was a British newspaper journalist, who edited the
Born in Warwick, Mann began his career with the Western Mail in Cardiff.
In 1919, he became editor of The Yorkshire Post. Under his editorship, the paper helped precipitate Edward VIII's abdication by breaking the press silence over the King's actions and publishing criticism of the King by the Bishop of Bradford. He opposed Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement, with the aid of his leader writer Charles Tower who had lived in Berlin.
As an editor, according to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, he was not a learned man and did not write much himself, but he had a good knowledge of world affairs and a shrewd nose for the newsworthy, as well as being a good judge of people.
He resigned from The Yorkshire Post in 1939 following repeated run-ins with the owners, when they decided to merge the paper with the Leeds Mercury.
He was chairman of the Press Association from 1937–8.
He was a governor of the British Broadcasting Corporation from 1941 to 1946.
Personal life, honours and death
In 1898, he married Aida Maggi, from Cardiff. After her death, in 1948 he married Alice Mabel Wright.
Mann died in Folkestone, Kent, England on 23 July 1972.
- "Arthur Mann" (Obituary), The Observer; 30 July 1972; ProQuest Historical Newspapers; pg. 10
- E. P. Wright, "Mann, Arthur Henry (1876–1972)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, January 2011, accessed 13 February 2013
- Luckhurst, Tim (2016). "A sovereign editor: Arthur Mann's Yorkshire Post and its crusade against appeasement, 1938-1939". The International Journal of Communication Ethics. 13 (4): 29–39.
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