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Subject: Frank Giles, Editor of the Sunday London Times during the Hitler Diary Hoax

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Telegraph Obituaries

Frank Giles, journalist who edited ‘The Sunday Times’ during a turbulent period and was unfairly blamed by Rupert Murdoch for his part in the ‘Hitler Diaries’ fiasco – obituary

By Telegraph Obituaries
1 November 2019 • 5:18pm

Frank Giles, who has died aged 100, edited The Sunday Times from 1981 to 1983, during two of the most turbulent and unhappy years in that newspaper’s history.

Mild-mannered, gentlemanly and with political views slightly to the left of centre, Giles could hardly have been more of a contrast to the paper’s new proprietor Rupert Murdoch, who, by Giles’s account, believed that “subordinates are best spurred into action by a scarcely remitting hail of critical sticks and stones”.

Giles fought continual, though not always successful, battles with Murdoch to preserve his independence as editor. His tenure came to an [PAYWALL!]



Frank Giles obituary

Times foreign correspondent, Sunday Times editor and aesthete whose reputation never quite recovered from the forged Hitler diaries debacle

November 2 2019, 12:01am, The Times

[PHOTO CAPTION] Frank Giles on April 17, 1983, a week before The Sunday Times published the fake Hitler Diaries. He stood down in June

Frank Giles was one of the last of a particular breed of newspaper editors. Urbane, civilised and culturally aware, he served a lengthy apprenticeship as foreign correspondent for The Times and foreign editor and deputy editor for The Sunday Times before an unexpected, and turbulent, swansong to his career as editor of the latter from 1981-83.

His short tenure in charge will be remembered for the traumatic episode of the forged Adolf Hitler diaries in 1983. The German magazine Stern had claimed to have discovered an extensive cache of the Nazi leader’s diaries, and entered into negotiations with Times Newspapers Limited (TNL), the parent company of The Times and The Sunday Times, about serialisation. The distinguished historian Hugh Trevor-Roper (by then ennobled as Lord Dacre),…

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