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'Top 40' UK journalists honoured
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The exhibition of Fleet Street's most influential opens on Tuesday
Britain's 40 most influential print journalists of the past four decades have been named by media magazine Press Gazette in its Newspaper Hall of Fame.

Past and present editors compiled the list, which includes 14 editors, three cartoonists and an agony aunt.

They will be honoured in an exhibition at London's National Portrait Gallery, to mark 40 years of the Press Gazette.

Diarist Nigel Dempster, campaigning journalist Paul Foot and cartoonist Carl Giles are among those honoured.

Another well-known inductee to the Hall Of Fame is David Astor, Observer editor from 1948 until 1975.

The son of Britain's first woman MP Nancy Astor, he was only 29 when he took over the editorship of the Sunday paper but went on to recruit writers such as George Orwell, Arthur Koestler and Kenneth Tynan during his 27-year tenure.

The six female journalists honoured include Felicity Green, who was the Daily Mirror's women's editor and the first woman to sit on the board of a Fleet Street paper, and the paper's long-serving former agony aunt Marje Proops.

Present-day journalists on the list include the Sun's political editor Trevor Kavanagh and the paper's chief reporter, John Kay, and Sir Larry Lamb, the editor who pioneered the Sun's populist style and introduced page three girls.

The two sports journalists honoured are Hugh McIlvanney, currently chief sports correspondent for the Sunday Times, and Daily Mail columnist Ian Wooldridge.

The list in full:

  • David Astor - Observer editor 1948-1975

  • Cyril Connolly - literary critic, notably for the Sunday Times

  • Hugh Cudlipp - former editor of the Daily Mirror and chairman of Mirror Group

  • WF Deedes - Daily Telegraph writer for more than 60 years and editor 1974-1986

  • Nigel Dempster - Daily Mail diarist 1974-2003

  • David English - editor of Daily Mail 1971-1992 and later editor-in-chief of Associated Newspapers

    Hugh Cudlipp
    Hugh Cudlipp became Fleet Street's youngest ever editor at 24

  • Paul Foot - campaigning journalist and long-time Mirror columnist

  • Carl Giles - Daily Express and Sunday Express cartoonist 1943-1995

  • Felicity Green - Daily Mirror women's editor and first woman to sit on the board of a Fleet Street newspaper as Daily Mirror assistant editor

  • Denis Hamilton - Sunday Times editor 1961-1967

  • Alastair Hetherington - Guardian editor 1956-1975

  • Simon Jenkins - Times editor 1990-1992 and columnist

  • Paul Johnson - New Statesman editor 1965-1970

  • John Junor - Sunday Express editor 1954-1986

  • Trevor Kavanagh - Sun political editor

  • John Kay - Sun chief reporter

  • Larry Lamb - inaugural editor of The Sun 1969-1972, again 1975-1981

  • Lynda Lee-Potter - Daily Mail columnist 1972-2004

  • Ann Leslie - Daily Mail foreign correspondent

  • Bernard Levin - critic and columnist

  • Richard Littlejohn - columnist for The Sun and The Daily Mail

  • Matt Pritchett - Daily Telegraph cartoonist

  • Don McCullin - war photographer who worked for the Sunday Times Magazine in the 1960s and 1970s

  • Hugh McIlvanney - Observer and Sunday Times chief sports correspondent

    Nigel Dempster
    Nigel Dempster's page focused on the upper echelons of British society

  • Vincent Mulchrone - Daily Mail features writer

  • Andrew Neil - Sunday Times editor 1983-1994, latterly publisher of titles including The Scotsman, The Business and The Spectator

  • Gordon Newton - Financial Times editor 1950-1972

  • Bruce Page - investigative journalist and leader of the Sunday Times Insight team

  • Chapman Pincher - intelligence expert and author

  • Peter Preston - Guardian editor 1975-1995

  • Marje Proops - Daily Mirror columnist and agony aunt 1954-1996

  • William Rees Mogg - Times editor 1967-1981

  • Gerald Scarfe - Sunday Times political cartoonist for 37 years

  • Mary Stott - Guardian women's editor 1957-1972

  • Nicholas Tomalin - investigative journalist and war correspondent

  • Jill Tweedie - Guardian columnist 1969-1988

  • Keith Waterhouse - Daily Mail columnist

  • Charles Wintour - Evening Standard editor 1959-1976, 1978-1980

  • Ian Wooldridge - Daily Mail sports columnist

  • Hugo Young - Sunday Times political editor 1973-1984

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