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There is a British tradition that, at the helm of every best-selling newspaper, there must be a megalomaniac.

In the days when the Daily Mirror reigned supreme, the 1950s and 60s, there were two of them - Cecil King and Hugh Cudlipp. But, compared to chairman King, editorial director Cudlipp was grounded and sensible.

It was King who spectacularly went off the rails ...

Read Roy Greenslade’s column here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2011/sep/16/daily-mirror-bbc

The column then links to Adam Curtis’ fascinating 34 minute online video (he’s a BBC doco producer).  It’s at the bottom of his blog, here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/2011/07/every_day_is_like_sunday.html