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Paul Dacre

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 25 January 2004

This week Sue Lawley's castaway is one of Britain's most powerful newspaper men - Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail.

He was brought up in a household where news, and the coverage of it, was a daily topic of debate - his late father was a correspondent on the Daily Express - working variously as showbusiness editor, New York correspondent and foreign editor. His father's influence was tremendous and Paul Dacre says he can't remember a time when he didn't want to be a journalist and, in truth, an editor. He studied English at Leeds University but confesses to missing lectures in Anglo Saxon in favour of working on the student newspaper. Paul Dacre edited the student paper while Jack Straw was president of the students' union and, after graduating, he joined the Daily Express in Manchester. He became New York correspondent for the Express before being poached by the Daily Mail. He went on to edit the Evening Standard and turned down the editorship of The Times to take up the editorship of the Daily Mail. Away from the hectic world of newspapers, Paul Dacre spends his time at home, tending his garden and enjoying family life.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Theodora by George Frideric Handel
Book: The RHS A-Z encyclopaedia of Garden Plants by Christopher Brickell
Luxury: A subscription to the Guardian newspaper for one year

Music Played

8 items
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    The Oscar Peterson Trio Night Train

    Night Train, Verve

  • Image for Bing Crosby

    Bing Crosby That's What Life Is All About

    Just Breezin' Along, EMI

  • Image for Dmitri Shostakovich

    Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 12 in D minor 'The Year 1917' - 4th movement

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy

    Shostakovich: Symphonies No. 3 & 12, Decca

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    Richard Wagner Tannhäuser Overture

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    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme

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    Dvorak: Tschaikowsky, Deutsche Grammophon

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    Aaron Copland Fanfare for the Common Man

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Carl Davis

    Fanfare for the Common Man, Virgo

  • Favourite Track

    • Image for George Frideric Handel

      George Frideric Handel Theodora

      Artist: Roberta Alexander Choir: The Arnold Schoenberg Choir

      Theodora, Teldec

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi Requiem aeternam (from Requiem Mass)

    Artist: London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

    Verdi Requiem, Chandos

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest
Paul Dacre

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