When Frank Giles was appointed editor of The Sunday Times in 1981, he was warned that he would keep his job for only two years. This was not a very Sunday Times way of doing things. Giles’s predecessor, Harold Evans, had the job for 14 years, and only four editors had served before him throughout the entire 20th century.
But Frank Giles was different, because he was the first Sunday Times editor appointed under its new owner, Rupert Murdoch. Brash, and possessing a cavalier attitude to his publications’ editorial independence, Murdoch had amassed a not entirely unreasonable reputation for ruthlessness. True to his word, Murdoch did remove Giles from the post after two years. But that’s only thanks to a little thing like the biggest forgery scandal ever to rock the press.