Mon, 16 July, 2018

Noreen’s archive

There are more than 100 articles on Noreen’s site – – and plenty of amazing pix of her with celebs, politicians, business people, sports personalities etc.

The archive includes not only some of her work on the Daily and Sunday Mirror, but also the Daily Mail, The European, Irish Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The People, and magazines such as Petticoat and The Spectator.

Noreen’s husband, ex-Mirror editor Roy Greenslade, had this to say: “I am proud to commend the new website by my wife, an archive of her work which reminds us of times when the famous were happy to talk to us face-to-face, when journalists were given the resources to travel and when we still had plenty of time to enjoy ourselves.”

Noreen and Roy are both long-time members of the AMP.

Noreen with a 9-year-old mother in Brazil in 1986 (Pic Brendan Monks, Daily Mirror)

It’s that crazy guy again! Noreen and Gene Wilder fool around at The Connaught (Pic: Mike Maloney, Daily Mirror, 1989)












(All pix courtesy Daily Mirror)

Increased deficit funding

Some good news!

Following the release of the Trustees’ latest summary funding statement for the MGN Pension Scheme to end 2016 – received recently by all scheme members – we are pleased to provide this update on the Company’s additional contributions over the next ten years to 2027, following its successful acquisition Northern & Shell.

Using information available at the time, last month our AMP newsletter reported on the revised deficit-funding agreement between the Company and Trustee following the triennial actuarial valuation at the end of 2016. This showed an increase in the deficit to £476m compared to £336.7m at the end of 2013.

The Company’s now additional £2.07m a year contribution for 2018-2020 inclusive, and then £5.3m extra a year for the next seven years (2021-2027), provides an extra £43.3m over the ten years. This is on top of the increased funding of £130.25m agreed following this January’s triennial actuarial valuation.

So the total Company funding for the MGN Pension Scheme over the ten-year period is now £399.31M. The remaining £76.69m needed to overcome the present £476m deficit will be made up by investment returns so as to provide a fully-funded MGNPS by the end of 2027. This extra funding is very welcome news and significantly reduces the risks of failing to meet the fully funded position by the 2027 target.

Your privacy – new Data Protection guidelines

Like all businesses and organisations, the AMP is updating its privacy policy to comply with the the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulations. Our new policy can be viewed at:

In addition, we’d like to assure our members that their personal data is password protected by AMP, and we never share information with third parties except where it is necessary to do so in order to fulfill our obligations, e.g. when distributing our newsletters.
In addition, the personal data retained by AMP is limited solely to that which is necessary to enable us to discharge services to members.

Any member wishing to change their contact preferences can inform AMP by using the Contact Us form from the drop-down menu above.

OUT NOW! – your Spring Mirror Pensioner

For AMP members only, of course.
A fact-packed issue includes features on Trinity Mirror’s now six pension schemes, and the new chairman of the MGNPS board of trustees. Plus an updater on the current trustee board make-up. There’s Deborah Thomas’s snappy chairman’s view, full details of our AGM and Scottish annual meeting, and a farewell from now ex-trustee Andy Golden as he concentrates on his music and writing.

It was 20 years ago today…

Life as we knew it. Read all about The Sporting Life’s last hurrah in All Our Yesterdays from the drop-down menu.

Memories of Mellor

Some wonderful tributes to and anecdotes about former Mirror deputy news editor PHIL MELLOR from friends and family were enjoyed by a packed congregation at his memorial service at St Bride’s (May 9, 2018). They are reproduced in full, for those who couldn’t be there, in All Our Yesterdays which please navigate to via the drop-down menus

Trinity AGM – what’s in a name?

A report on the Annual General Meeting of Trinity Mirror – May 3, 2018, at Museum of London in Docklands – By RAY WEAVER


The new name for Trinity Mirror.

It evoked some lively discussions at the company’s AGM.

Chief executive Simon Fox explained the thinking behind the renaming.

He said the company became Trinity Mirror in 1997 but that name no longer “reflected the composition of the group”.

I suggested to Simon Fox that Reach is a strange name for a printing and publishing group. He told the roughly sixty shareholders present that “all the board liked it”. A member of the NUJ forcefully pointed out that “Reach is about nothing and doesn’t say anything about the newspaper business”. Simon Fox insisted that a lot of research had gone into the decision to rebrand as Reach, which was aimed at a younger audience.

One shareholder commented that BT had had problems with the public’s understanding of the name Open Reach, and thought TM might have similar problems with Reach. I asked about the cost of researching and deciding on the name. Simon Fox said it “didn’t cost very much”. Further pressed by another shareholder, he said “less than a few tens of thousands, probably less than £25,000”.

I thought, but didn’t say, that for £25,000 I probably could have come up with a better name!

**The numbers:
Adjusted operating profit was £124.7m for 2017

National titles advertising saw a decline of 9.8 per cent in 2017. This was represented by a 13.2 per cent decline in print and a 2.1 per cent increase in digital.

Circulation revenue will “see lower declines due to the benefit of cover-price increases”.

Current outlook and trading saw a drop in revenue of 9 per cent for the first two months of 2018.

Simon Fox was keen to look on the bright side:

  • Operating profit was up 20 per cent
  • Net debt reduced to £9million
  • Performance was in line with market expectations
  • TM was now the largest commercial digital news provider
  • Early in 2018 the contract to print The Guardian and Observer commenced. The company also prints the ‘i” newspaper, and Racing Post
  • The Competition & Market Authority inquiry (Phase 1) into TM takeover of the Express titles is expected to be completed by June 7
  • TM has a “talented and hardworking staff”

The company “has made good progress with its online audience”, TM having 33.4 million monthly views compared to MailOnline with 30.3m and The Sun 29.2m.

Digital revenue increased by 6.2 per cent, with display up by 17.6 per cent but classified revenue declining by 26.2 per cent.

A shareholder representing the NUJ stressed the “worrying decline of print revenue”. Simon Fox stated that the company would “protect print where we can”, and it would probably take 3-5 years to match the revenues from print and digital.

The shareholders unanimously thanked David Grigson, who is retiring, for his “excellent” chairmanship of the company over the past six years.

** AMP members will be able to read a full report on TM pensions deficits and funding plans in the upcoming Mirror Pensioner newsletter, available mid-May.


A get together at Windsor!

Who’s this at Windsor Castle?

Go to:  All Our Yesterdays.

Tribute to Tony Miles

At the funeral of  TONY MILES on May 1, JOHN PILGER paid this tribute to his friend and colleague. The funeral/memorial service, and the ensuing wake, were well attended, and Mike Molloy also gave a moving eulogy.

Remembering Tony Miles – By John Pilger

Thank you, Anne, for inviting me to speak today. My love and solidarity to you. These few words are my personal tribute.

I was 23 years on the Mirror, perhaps the happiest and most rewarding time of my life. I owe much of this to Tony Miles. I arrived in Britain in the 1960s when extraordinary changes were happening in this country, socially, politically – and in journalism.

Hugh Cudlipp is credited, rightly, with taking the most popular newspaper in the Western world and changing it into a tabloid that remained true to itself, which now spoke to people across the classes and brought the struggles and triumphs of humanity to millions of Britons. For this, it was admired across the world.

Tony Miles was the unsung hero of this epic change. It was Tony who masterminded Cudlipp’s original idea. I have never known a journalist, or a friend, like him.

During a fierce argument in the Stab-in-the Back, our pub in Fetter Lane, with those who opposed this change – and there were many – Tony shouted: “We’re going to be better than The Guardian and we’re going to be read by everyone. Do you understand that, cock?”

He was many contradictions and – as some of you know from experience – was inclined not to take prisoners. But when he was wrong and persuaded he was wrong, he listened intently. He never sulked.

At times when I entered his office with an idea for a story, I knew immediately it would be launched only with a blazing row that would force me to stand my corner and state my case convincingly.

He was a supreme editor. He took other job titles, but he was always an editor, a true newspaperman – for me, the eager voice on the end of a phone whenever I rang from across the world with a story. When Robert Kennedy was assassinated and I was there, he said down the line: “You’ve got the splash, and page two and three. Start filing and don’t stop.”

How exciting it was to have an editor like that. He was, in the very best sense, a true tabloid man.

My affection for Tony was boundless. He was an outsider; so was I. He was an irascible conservative; above all, he was principled and clever. And he had style.

When the new owner, Robert Maxwell, called his first Mirror board meeting at two in the morning, just to show who was boss, Tony was the one who stayed in bed.

He was unfailingly loyal and kind to those who really knew him. Long after he had left the Mirror, when we both had new careers and I faced formidable enemies in a court action, it was Tony who offered to fly immediately from America, where he and Anne had moved, and stand with me. When the case was over, I took my young daughter to Florida to stay with them. In my honour, we went to a restaurant called the Outback, where a waiter wore a hat with corks.

Tony drove us there in his blue Caddy, which he loved. Anne had a powder blue Buick. The number plates said, ‘2 MILES’. I have never known a pair who enjoyed life as they did. Their kindness at this time of need was all I needed.

I shall never forget him.





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