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Haley, William John, Sir

Born: 1901 AD
Died: 1987 AD

1901 – Born on May 24th in Jersey, Channel Islands. The director general of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), editor of The Times of London, and editor in chief of the Encyclopædia Britannica.

1918-1921 – He began to study journalism, and he secured his first newspaper employment at The Times, eventually being stationed in Brussels.

1922 – He joined the editorial staff of the Manchester Evening News and eight years later became director of Manchester Guardian and Evening News, Ltd.

1939 – He was then its joint managing director, during which period he was also a director of the Press Association and of Reuters, Ltd.

1943 – He joined the BBC as editor in chief, and he became its director general a year later.

1944 – He became the director general of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

1946 – He was created a Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George.

1948 – Appointed as a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour.

1952 – He was the editor of The Times of London.

         – He became editor of The Times, a position that, since the days of John Thadeus Delane, had been considered the most important and influential in British journalism.

1967 – He was appointed chairman of the newly formed Times Newspapers, Ltd.

1968 – He was the editor in chief of the Encyclopædia Britannica and he assumed his duties the following year, becoming involved in some of the early work on the 15th edition.

1971 – He entered semi-retirement, serving as commissioner of appeal for income tax in Jersey.

1987 – Died on September 6th in Jersey.