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The Tribune (London, UK)

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The Tribune, one of Fleet Street's more illustrious failures, ran from 15 January 1906 unti 7 February 1908, price one penny. Founded with a bequest of £300,000 from radical industrialist Franklin Thomasson as an organ of Liberal opinion and thus a counterweight to the prevailing journalistic tendency of prioritizing commercial factors above politics. Despite securing a first-class editorial staff -- editor William Hill, leader-writer L. T. Hobhouse, J. L. Hammond, H. N. Brailsford, and William Archer -- the management's refusal to carry advertisements which it considered truthful, coupled with old-fashioned typography and layout, hastened a fatal decline in circulation. The paper's short life was memorialized by Philip Gibbs, a former Tribune literary editor, in his novel The Street of Adventure (1909).

Lee, Alan. "Franklin Thomasson and the Tribune: A Case-Study in the History of the Liberal Press, 1906-1908." The Historical Journal 16/2 (June 1973): 341-60. Available to subscribers to JSTOR. Click here.