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Tuesday, September 8, 1998 Published at 15:08 GMT 16:08 UK


UK

Lord Rothermere mourned

Lord Rothermere: well respected by both journalists and politicians

Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie have joined mourners at the funeral of the great English press baron Lord Rothermere.

Other prominent mourners at the church service in Fleet Street included the Conservative leader William Hague and Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corporation.


[ image: The Prime Minister and Lady Rothermere at the funeral]
The Prime Minister and Lady Rothermere at the funeral
Lord Rothermere, who owned the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday and the London Evening Standard, died last week from a heart attack. He was aged 73.

Speaking after the funeral, Mr Blair described Lord Rothermere as a "fine and very decent man".

Other tributes were made by several mourners including Rupert Murdoch, who was both a rival and friend of Lord Rothermere's.

"It's a very sad day. All Lord Rothermere's peers in Fleet Street held him in great respect. Everything that has been said about him as a newspaper man and as a publisher has been very true," said Mr Murdoch.

"I will miss him as both a competitor and a very good friend."

Rothermere's empire

Lord Rothermere was the descendant of a newspaper dynasty founded by the inventor of popular journalism in the UK, his great uncle, the first Lord Northcliffe.

He made Fleet Street history by deciding to relaunch the Daily Mail as a tabloid after the old broadsheet had been on the verge of extinction.

Eleven years later, in 1982, he launched the Mail on Sunday.


[ image: Rupert Murdoch: rival and friend]
Rupert Murdoch: rival and friend
As well as three market-leading newspapers, the Rothermere empire has the second-largest portfolio of regional papers in the UK and investments ranging from Euromoney Publications to the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition.

In 1957 he married Patricia Evelyn Beverley Brooks with whom he had one son and two daughters.

After she died in 1992, he married again a year later to Korean-born Maiko Joeong-Shun Lee.





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