Lord Thomson, a former owner of The Sunday Times always carried a card in his pocket when he was assailed by those wanting him to interfere with Editorial.
On the card was printed these words:
“I can state with the utmost emphasis that no person or group can buy or influence editorial support from any newspaper in the Thomson group.
“Each paper may perceive this interest in its own way, and will do this without advice, counsel or guidance from the central office of the Thomson Organisation.
“I do not believe that a newspaper can be run properly unless its editorial columns are run freely and independently by a highly skilled and dedicated professional journalist. This is and will continue to be my policy.”
Wise words that every newspaper proprietor, CEO/MD, board should memorise.