The World In Action culture

It was a very macho culture. I was trying to think of any women who worked on World in Action at the time, but I can’t think of any at all. Claudia might have been there or there abouts, I don’t know. I can’t think of any other women who were on it at the time. So it was very macho. A lot of hard-nosed journalists, ambitious, a lot of ego, a lot of infighting. Not so much in the time I was there, but in past times, there had been some really nasty infighting. I’m sure there are stories on the Granadaland website about those battles and coup d’états. So it was very macho, and you didn’t have any kind of social life. I never went off abroad on those three-week, four-week trips to Argentina or anything like that, but there would be instances – and this was one of the things generally about Granada – that you were expected to put Granada first and foremost. And I remember one night on World in Action, it was a Friday night, and I’d just gone to bed. I had a nice weekend planned for myself, and I’d got to bed on Friday night and the phone rings. And it was Allan Segal, who at that time was co-editor of World in Action. And Segal said, “I want you in London, my house, tomorrow morning by 10 o’clock.” Okay, Allan. “I’ve got an emergency programme, and I need you and Steve Anderson.” So I’m on the milk train down to London, and I get to Segal’s house, and he was still in bed! So I’m banging on the front door at 10am and he finally comes down in his dressing gown. So it was like that. You just kind of accepted it. It was 24/7.

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