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Michael Christiansen

Michael Robin Christiansen (7 April 1927 – 12 June 1984) was a British newspaper editor.

The son of Arthur Christiansen, editor of the Daily Express, Michael followed his father into journalism.[1] He worked first at the Daily Mail, then in 1956 became Deputy Subeditor of the Daily Mirror.[2] He rose to become assistant editor, and in 1962 gave John Pilger his first job in Britain, on the basis that he supposed he would be good at cricket.[3]

In 1963, Christiansen was appointed as editor of the Sunday Mirror, remaining in post until he became deputy editor of the Daily Mirror in 1972, then editor in 1974.[2] He suffered a stroke the following year, forcing him to retire. In later life, he ran a bookshop in Chelmsford, Essex. He died there on 12 June 1984, at the age of 57.[1]

In 2013 Christiansen's son Rupert published an account of growing up with his father called I Know You're Going to be Happy.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Mirror Editor", The Guardian, 16 June 1984
  2. ^ a b "New editor for 'Sunday Mirror'", The Guardian, 12 August 1964
  3. ^ John Pilger, Heroes, p.50
  4. ^ Review, The Daily Telegraph Review, 30 Mar 13.
Media offices Preceded byReg Payne Editor of the Sunday Mirror 1963–1972 Succeeded byBob Edwards Preceded byGeoffrey Pinnington Deputy Editor of the Daily Mirror 1972–1974 Succeeded byMike Molloy Preceded byTony Miles Editor of the Daily Mirror 1974–1975 Succeeded byMike Molloy
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