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The Observer

Knowledge Identifier: &The_Observer


The Observer

British newspaper, published on Sundays add

Category: Journalism

Founded in 1910.

Countries: United Kingdom (70%), United States (11%), (3%)

Main connections: The Guardian, The Economist, The Independent

Linked to: Guardian Media Group, Conservative Party, ARCO, Chartism




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These disagreements ultimately led Northcliffe to sell the paper to William Waldorf Astor in 1911, who transferred ownership to his son Waldorf four years later add something


Adrian Boult - A review in "The Observer" of Boult's second London concert, in 1918, said, "Having, apparently, a thorough knowledge of the work, he was content to let it speak for itself without having recourse to those aids to success which are a constant temptation to conductors


Stephen Gwynn - From the 1920s Gwynn devoted himself to writing, covering political events as Irish correspondent to "The Observer" and "The Times"


Jane Bown - "'Jane Bown"' is a British photographer who has worked for "The Observer" newspaper since 1949


Ivor Brown - In 1929, Brown joined "The Observer" as their drama critic


Donald Trelford - "'Donald Trelford"' is a British journalist and academic, who was editor of "The Observer" newspaper from 1975 to 1993


Their conflict contributed to Garvin's departure as editor in 1942, after which the paper took the unusual step of declaring itself non-partisan add something


Ivor Brown - In February 1942, J. L. Garvin, was forced out after 34 years as editor of "The Observer" because of a political dispute with the paper's owner, Waldorf Astor


George Orwell - David Astor was looking for a provocative contributor for The Observer and invited Orwell to write for him — the first article appearing in March 1942.


Ownership passed to Waldorf's sons in 1948, with David taking over as editor add something


Ivor Brown - Brown served as editor until David Astor officially succeeded him in 1948, after which he continued as "The Observer"'s drama critic until he was replaced by Kenneth Tynan in 1954


Paul Jennings (British author) - In 1949 he joined "The Observer," contributing a weekly column entitled "Oddly Enough" until 1966


Alan Ross - He became a sports writer for "The Observer" in 1950 and became the paper's cricket correspondent in 1953, the same year his son was born


Alfred Sherman - In the early 1950s Sherman returned to Belgrade as a correspondent for "The Observer"


Norbert Wiener - A brief profile of Dr. Wiener is given in The Observer newspaper, Sunday, 28 January 1951


Under Astor's editorship "The Observer" became the first national newspaper to oppose the government's 1956 invasion of Suez, a move which cost it many readers add something


Abu Abraham - In 1956, after two cartoons were published in "Tribune", he was sent a personal letter by David Astor, the editor of The Observer, the world's oldest Sunday newspaper, offering him a permanent job as its first ever political cartoonist


Kim Philby - In August 1956 he was sent to Beirut as a Middle East correspondent for "The Observer" and "The Economist"


Don McCullin - In 1959, a photograph he took of a local London gang was published in "The Observer"


Kenneth Tynan - After his first period writing for "The New Yorker", he returned to "The Observer" in 1960 where he remained its theatre critic until mid-1963 when he joined the National Theatre


George Melly - He retired from jazz in the early 1960s when he became a film critic for "The Observer" and a writer on the "Daily Mail"'s satirical newspaper strip "Flook", illustrated by Trog


Kenneth Tynan - In 1960, "after much manoeuvering", Tynan got the four-letter word into "The Observer" in an article about the Lady Chatterley Trial


Vincent Kane - In 1960, he won The Observer Mace, speaking with Mary O'Neill and representing Cardiff University


Marghanita Laski - In the 1960s, Laski was the science fiction critic for "The Observer"


Katharine Whitehorn - She wrote for "Picture Post" just before it closed and worked as a columnist for "The Observer" in London from 1960 until 1996


Russell Johnston - In 1961, he won The Observer Mace, speaking with David Harcus and respresenting The University of Edinburgh


John Smith (Labour Party leader) - In 1962, he won "The Observer" Mace debating competition, speaking with Gordon Hunter


Michael Glenny - In 1964 he joined "The Observer" newspaper in London as a reporter, but left three years later


George Melly - From 1965 to 1973 he was a film and television critic for "The Observer" and lectured on art history, with an emphasis on surrealism


Susan Strange - She raised a family of six and worked as a financial journalist for "The Economist", "The Observer" until 1965, when she began to conduct full-time research


Michael X - Writing in "The Observer" in 1965, Colin McGlashan called him "the authentic voice of black bitterness


Peter Wilby - In 1968 he began to write for "The Observer"


Bob Cunis - However according to his "Wisden" obituary, the witticism was probably first coined by Alan Ross in a report in "The Observer" of the New Zealanders' match against Sussex in 1969


Marjorie Abbatt - Their toys won great acclaim, and in 1969 the Abbatt climbing frame, designed in the early 1930s, won "The Observer" newspaper design award


Edward Heath - Bernard Levin wrote at the time in "The Observer" that "an ironical comment" on the permissive society was that the UK had had to wait until the 1970s for a prime minister who was a virgin


Margaret Thatcher - The television critic Clive James, writing in "The Observer" during the voting for the leadership, compared her voice of 1973 to a cat sliding down a blackboard


Donald Trelford - He was a director of "The Observer" from 1975 to 1993 and Chief Executive from 1992 to 1993


Richard Burton - Burton courted further controversy in 1976 when he wrote an unsolicited article for "The Observer" about his friend and fellow Welsh thespian Stanley Baker, who had recently died from pneumonia at the age of 48; the article upset Baker's widow with its depiction of her late husband as an uncultured womaniser


In 1977, the Astors sold the ailing newspaper to US oil giant &Atlantic_Richfield who sold it to Lonrho plc in 1981 add something


Philip French - He has been film critic of "The Observer" since 1978


Michael Ignatieff - While living in the United Kingdom from 1978 to 2000, Ignatieff became well known as a television and radio broadcaster and as an editorial columnist for "The Observer"


Chris Riddell - Riddell worked as an illustrator at "The Economist" news magazine beginning in the 1980s and at "The Observer" newspaper from 1995


David Hennessy, 3rd Baron Windlesham - He was a director of "The Observer" from 1981 to 1989


Richard Webster (author) - In "The Observer" in February, 1981 Webster attacked structuralists for their "habit of reducing human nature to pseudo-mathematical formulae


Charles Kennedy - In 1982, Kennedy won The Observer Mace debating competition, speaking with Clark McGinn and representing Glasgow University


Simon Kelner - He joined "The Observer" in 1983 as assistant sports editor, The Independent as deputy sports editor in 1986, where he stayed until 1989


Tiny Rowland - In 1983, Rowland took over "The Observer" newspaper and became its chairman


Chris Priestley - Since 1983, he published his illustrations in "The Times", "The Independent", "The Observer", "The Economist" and other newspapers


In 1990, Farzad Bazoft, a journalist for "The Observer", was executed in Iraq on charges of spying add something


Michael Ignatieff - He was an editorial columnist for "The Observer" from 1990 to 1993


Michael Coveney - He was theatre critic for "The Observer" from 1990 until he joined the "Daily Mail" in 1997, following the death of Jack Tinker


Tara Palmer-Tomkinson - Her activities have been well-covered by the British tabloid press, and in the mid to late 1990s, she wrote a weekly column for the "Sunday Times" and subsequently contributed to "The Spectator", "The Mail on Sunday", "GQ", "Eve", "Harpers and Queen", "Tatler", "Instyle" and "The Observer" sporadically


David Shayler - Shayler joined MI5 in October 1991 after responding to an oblique job advertisement in the 12 May edition of "The Observer" entitled "Godot isn't coming" a reference to the play "Waiting for Godot" in which Godot never arrives


In the same place on the political spectrum as its daily sister paper "The Guardian", which acquired it in 1993, it takes a social liberal or social democratic line on most issues add something


Andrew Rawnsley - In 1993 he moved to "The Observer" as Chief Political Commentator and Associate Editor, a position he retains


Since June 1993, it has been part of the Guardian Media Group add something


Lynn Barber - Barber has written for "Vanity Fair", "The Sunday Times", "The Daily Telegraph" and "The Observer" from 1996 to 2009


Will Self - He gained some notoriety in 1997 when he was sent by the broadsheet "The Observer" to cover the election campaign of John Major and was caught by a rival journalist using heroin on the Prime Minister's jet, and was fired as a result


Michael Tabor - In 1997 Tabor told The Observer that the ban had helped in causing him to concentrate on building the success of his business


Roger Alton - He was the editor of the British national Sunday newspaper "The Observer" from 1998 to 2007


Tarik O'Regan - Following the completion of his undergraduate studies in 1999, O'Regan began serving as the classical recordings reviewer for "The Observer" newspaper, a position he held until 2003


Whitehall Editor Jo Revill had, as Health Editor, been named "Medical Journalist of the Year" in 2000 and 2006 by two different organisations, when she was Health Editor add something


Jason Burke - Around 2000, he was hired by "The Observer" to serve as its chief foreign correspondent


Nan Goldin - However, in a 2002 interview with The Observer, Goldin herself called the use of "heroin chic" to sell clothes and perfumes "reprehensible and evil.


David Miliband - Political commentator Andrew Rawnsley of "The Observer" wrote in 2002 that "He is on the Left of the New Labour spectrum


Verity Lambert - "Verity Lambert had just arrived as head of drama at Thames TV and she went for broke," he told "The Observer" newspaper in 2002


Unity Mitford - On 1 December 2002, following the release of declassified documents , investigative journalist Martin Bright published an article in "The Observer" that claimed Home Secretary John Anderson intervened to prevent Mitford being questioned on her return from Germany and that the shooting, which "has become part of the Mitford myth," may have been invented to excuse this


In 2003, "The Observer" interviewed the Iraqi colonel who had arrested and interrogated Bazoft and who was convinced that Bazoft was not a spy add something


Parminder Nagra - Although "Second Generation" was a ratings flop, it was a huge critical success, earning a place in "The Observer" newspaper's top 10 British TV programmes of 2003


Ian Hislop - In 2003 he was listed in "The Observer" as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy


Lenny Henry - In 2003, Henry was listed in "The Observer" as one of the fifty funniest acts in British comedy


Harry Hill - In 2003, Hill was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy


Paul O'Grady - In 2003, O'Grady was listed in "The Observer" as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy, and in 2006 he was listed by "The Independent" at number 32 in their 101 most influential gay men and women in Britain


Steve Bell (cartoonist) - In 2003, he was listed in "The Observer" as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy


Steve Coogan - In 2003, he was listed in "The Observer" as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy


Jennifer Saunders - In 2003, she was listed in "The Observer" as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy


Jo Brand - In 2003, she was listed in "The Observer" as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy


Kathy Burke - In 2003, she was listed in "The Observer" as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy


Rachel Corrie - On March 18, 2003, two days after Corrie's death, Joe Carr was interviewed by British Channel 4 and "The Observer" reporter Sandra Jordan for a documentary, "The Killing Zone", which aired in June 2003


Heston Blumenthal - According to an interview with "The Observer" in 2004, he has been cooking "seriously" since the mid-1990s


Kenney Jones - In 2004 "The Observer" listed the Small Faces' 1968 release "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" one of the "top British albums of all time"


B. F. Skinner - A reviewer in "The Observer" in March 2004 misquoted Slater's books as supporting the rumours


Simon Jordan - As of the 2005-06 season, Jordan wrote a fortnightly column for "The Observer" newspaper


Geordie Greig - On 1 May 2005, "The Observer" newspaper termed Greig "Britain's most connected man"


Lo Hsing Han - According to a report in "The Observer", he helped organize the opulent 2006 wedding of the daughter of the Burmese dictator Than Shwe


Dan Brown - How Dan Brown's wife unlocked the code to bestseller success in The Observer, March 12, 2006.


Lynn Barber - In 2006, Barber was one of the judges for the Turner Prize and wrote an article in "The Observer" critical of some aspects of the judging process


Ronan Bennett - In 2006, Bennett's new novel "Zugzwang", was published week-by-week in the British Sunday newspaper "The Observer"


Michael Palin - In a 2006 survey of "15 of the world's top travel writers" by "The Observer", Palin named Peru's Pongo de Mainique his "favourite place in the world"


Jake Shears - John and Shears discussed each other in "The Observer" in 2006


"The Observer" followed its daily partner "The Guardian" and converted to 'Berliner' format on Sunday 8 January 2006 add something


Lily Allen - As she accumulated tens of thousands of MySpace friends, "The Observer Music Monthly" , a magazine published in "The Observer", took interest in March 2006


Tony Blair - The Observer newspaper claimed that at a cabinet meeting before Blair left for a summit with Bush on 28 July 2006, a significant number of ministers pressured Blair to publicly criticise Israel over the scale of deaths and destruction in Lebanon.


Brian Paddick - In August 2006 it was reported by "The Observer"'s "Pendennis" column that Paddick was considering seeking selection as the Liberal Democrats' candidate for Mayor of London in the mayoral elections to be held in 2008


"The Observer" was announced as "National Newspaper of the Year" at the British Press Awards 2007 add something


"The Observer" was named the British Press Awards "National Newspaper of the Year" in 2007 add something


Stephen Bayley - In 2007, Bayley became "The Observer"'s architecture and design correspondent


Humphry Berkeley - Indeed, Berkeley was well known to his colleagues as a homosexual, according to a 2007 article published in "The Observer" and not much liked


On 24 October 2007, it was announced that editor Roger Alton was stepping down at the end of the year to be replaced by his deputy, John Mulholland add something


Roger Alton - He resigned on 24 October 2007 after "a bitter falling-out with senior figures at the title's sister paper, "The Guardian", and left "The Observer" at the end of 2007


Freema Agyeman - "The Observer" had an interview with Agyeman in December 2007 and named her as a "face of 2007"


Ruby Wax - The UK Sunday newspaper "The Observer" reported the controversy, as did the act "I, Ludicrous" in "The Ruby Wax Song", from their "Dirty Washing" 2008 EP.


Jonathan Aitken - In April 2008, "The Observer"'s diary reported that Aitken was writing a biography of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, with the president's cooperation


Ato Boldon - On 20 April 2008 "The Observer" published the contents of a letter believed to be by Boldon to John Smith, his former coach, accusing Smith, Maurice Greene and his former agent, Emmanuel Hudson, of betraying him by obtaining banned drugs without his knowledge, lying about Greene competing without drugs and damaging his own career


Tom Hooper (director) - At the beginning of 2009, he was profiled for "The Observer"s film Hotlist


Christopher Booker - In 2009, he published "The Real Global Warming Disaster", described by "The Observer" as "the definitive climate sceptics' manual"


In early 2010, the paper was rejuvenated add something


Jason Burke - A correspondent covering South Asia for "The Observer" and "The Guardian", he is based in New Delhi as of 2010


Martin Amis - After Oxford, he found an entry-level job at "The Times Literary Supplement", and at age 27 became literary editor of the "New Statesman", where he met Christopher Hitchens, a feature writer for "The Observer", who remained a close friend until Hitchens's death in 2011


Seamus Heaney - Heaney was named one of "Britain's top 300 intellectuals" by "The Observer" in 2011, though the newspaper later published a correction acknowledging that "several individuals who would not claim to be British" had been featured, of which Heaney was one


Declan Kiberd - In 2011, he was named one of Britain's top 300 intellectuals by "The Observer"


Jonathan Franzen - In January 2011, "The Observer" named him as one of "20 activists, filmmakers, writers, politicians and celebrities who will be setting the global environmental agenda in the coming year"


Chris Huhne - In an interview with "The Observer" in March 2011 after the Fukushima disaster in Japan, Huhne stated that "there are a lot of issues outside of the realm of nuclear safety, which we will have to assess


Katharine Whitehorn - As of January 2013, her a weekly column continues to appear in the The Observer magazine


Philip French - At the beginning of May 2013 it was announced that French will retire as film critic for "The Observer" in August to coincide with his 80th birthday


On June 30, 2013, "The Observer", published a major front page story sourced from Wayne Madsen, alleging connections between the National Security Agency and several European governments known as ECHELON add something


Every four weeks the paper includes "The Observer Food Monthly" magazine, and in September 2013 it launched "Observer Tech Monthly", a science and technology section which won the Grand Prix at the 2014 Newspaper Awards add something


In May 2017 "The Observer" helped sponsor ://www add something