28 SEPTEMBER 1929, Page 18


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sia,—Reading the Spectator,- No. 5,282 (September 21st), I find that the article " Europe Revisited " (pages 357-8) is not right with regard' to the remark about the German daily Press. The German " Northcliffe " has already arisen and has given most of the German Press the character of the American Press. I am sorry to be obliged to say this. Very large headlines with a sensational tendency give the German newspapers the appearance of an imitation of the American,. and only few journals are arranged in the good old maiMer. The writer of your article does not know the whole "German Press, otherwise he would not have written that the German newspapers are " made-up " in a deplorable way. On the contrary, it is a shame that many German journals are " made-up " in the bad American method. The Berliner Tageblatt, the Berliner Morgenpost, the 8 Uhr- Abendblatt, the Milner Tageblatt, show in their sectional arrangements the wish to be similar to the " modern " American and English " Gossip-press." When these data are checked it will be found that it is as I have set forth.— I am, Sir, &c.,


Kaiserstrasse 69, Bunn, Germany.

[The contributor of the article " Europe Revisited " writes :—I am, of course, familiar with the papers your correspondent mentions. I never advocated the introduction of American Press methods into Germany. If the writer of this letter will look through the Times (London) he will see what I mean by a well " made-up " newspaper. Lord Northcliffe planned the present make-up of the Times and it has never been departed from. I adhere to the opinion that it would be possible to improve the general appearance of most German newspapers without any sacrifice of dignity or without the introduction of " sensationalism."—En. Spectator.]