Ex-Mail editor Paul Dacre is journalism’s first laureate
FORMER Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre has been named the country’s first Journalist Laureate.
Mr Dacre, who edited this newspaper for 26 years before stepping aside in the summer ahead of his 70th birthday, was given the honour by the London Press Club for excellence and leadership in journalism.
On receiving the award on Thursday evening, he said the newspaper industry was ‘going through a challenging time’.
But he added: ‘I promise you, mankind’s need for information, both entertaining and serious, is as old as time itself, and proper, as opposed to fake, journalism – that obeys the law, is self-regulated and is produced by brilliant creative minds – will survive and flourish again.’
Lord Black of Brentwood, the president of the London Press Club, said Mr Dacre had dominated the UK media landscape for a generation to become ‘the most respected, courageous and powerful editor in Fleet Street’.
He cited Mail campaigns on banishing plastic bags, prostate cancer, sepsis and ‘above all ensuring that two of the brutal killers of Stephen Lawrence were put behind bars’.
Mr Dacre is now Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Associated Newspapers.