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Howard French (British journalist)

Howard French (23 November 1912 – 24 October 2008) was a British newspaper editor.



Born in Southgate, French grew up as a Roman Catholic and studied at Ealing Priory School. He joined the Sunday Dispatch as a reporter in 1936, and soon discovered that the environmentalist Grey Owl, supposedly a Native American, had been born in England as Archie Belaney. He served in the Royal Naval Reserve during World War II, then returned to the Dispatch.[1]

French later moved to the Daily Sketch and in 1962 became its editor. He served until 1969, when he joined the board of Associated Newspapers.[1] He was given control of editorial development, and in 1971 he co-ordinated the merger of the Sketch with the Daily Mail. He retired in 1977, but was involved in the 1982 launch of the Mail on Sunday.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Roy Greenslade, "Howard French", The Guardian, 5 December 2008
Media offices Preceded byColin Valdar Editor of the Daily Sketch 1962–1969 Succeeded byDavid English

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