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