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Sir William John Haley, KCMG (24 May 1901 – 6 September 1987) was a British newspaper editor and broadcasting administrator. Biography[edit] Haley grew up on the island of Jersey
Jersey
and attended Victoria College. In 1918 he began to study journalism, and in 1921 he secured his first newspaper employment at The Times, eventually being stationed in Brussels.[1] Early in his career on the Manchester Evening News, Haley was found to be too shy to work as a reporter. He was then transferred to subediting.[2] He rose through the ranks becoming director of Manchester Guardian and Evening News, Ltd after 8 years.[1] He served as Director-General of the BBC from 1944 to 1952 and from 1952 to 1966 he was editor of The Times. At The Times
The Times
he wrote a series of light-hearted bookish articles under the pseudonym 'Oliver Edwards'. These articles were published in 1957 by Heinemann as 'Talking of Books'. While at the BBC he created the BBC Third Programme, which was replaced by BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 3
in 1970.[3] He was made Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George
Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George
in 1946. He was editor-in-chief of Encyclopædia Britannica
Encyclopædia Britannica
from January 1968 until resigning in April 1969 in an editorial dispute over how to adapt the work to new readers. It was reported that younger executives (including the company's president, Charles E. Swanson) wanted to introduce livelier materials, while Haley favoured the traditional approach and an expansion in size.[4] Sir William died in a nursing home in Jersey.[5] Sources[edit]

^ a b "Sir William Haley". Retrieved 6 June 2012.  ^ Harold Evans, Essential English for Journalists, Editors and Writers 2000 p.10 ^ "Key Facts: Director-Generals". Retrieved 12 July 2012.  ^ Henry Raymont, "Encyclopaedia Britannica Feud Seen", New York Times, April 20, 1969 ^ "WILLIAM J. HALEY, BRITISH JOURNALIST, DIES AT 86". Retrieved 14 June 2012. 

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Preceded by Robert W. Foot Director-General of the BBC 1944-1952 Succeeded by Ian Jacob

Preceded by William Casey Editor of The Times 1952–1966 Succeeded by William Rees-Mogg

Preceded by Warren E. Preece Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopædia Britannica 1968-1969 Succeeded by Warren E. Preece

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Editors of The Times
The Times
and the Sunday Times

The Times

1785: John Walter 1803: John Walter, 2nd 1812: John Stoddart 1817: Thomas Barnes 1841: John Delane 1877: Thomas Chenery 1884: George Earle Buckle 1912: Geoffrey Dawson 1919: Wickham Steed 1923: Geoffrey Dawson 1941: Robert Barrington-Ward 1948: William Francis Casey 1952: William Haley 1967: William Rees-Mogg 1981: Harold Evans 1982: Charles Douglas-Home 1985: Charles Wilson 1990: Simon Jenkins 1992: Peter Stothard 2002: Robert Thomson 2007: James Harding 2013: John Witherow

Sunday Times

1821: Henry White 1822: Daniel Whittle Harvey 1824: Clarkson 1828: Thomas Gaspey 1835: Unknown 1850: E. T. Smith 1858: E. W. Scale 1867: Edmund Scale 1874: Joseph Hatton 1881: Neville Bruce 1887: Phil Robinson 1890: Arthur William à Beckett 1893: Rachel Beer 1901: Leonard Rees 1932: William W. Hadley 1950: Harry Hodson 1961: Denis Hamilton 1967: Harold Evans 1981: Frank Giles 1983: Andrew Neil 1995: John Witherow 2013: Martin Ivens

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