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40. Ian Hislop

Monday July 16, 2001

Ian Hislop
Ian Hislop
 
Job: editor, Private Eye
Industry: publishing
Turnover: £300,000
Staff: 15
Age: 40
Star in: ascendant

Ian Hislop took over the editorship of Private Eye in 1986 from co-founder Richard Ingrams, after having worked in the offices as an Oxford undergraduate.

Founded in 1961 by a group of students including Peter Cook, Christopher Booker, Richard Ingrams and Willie Rushton, Private EyeÕs lampooning of politics, media and society has been a perennial success.

Hislop, who took over from Ingrams in 1986, has maintained the tone of the magazine but added his own touches, such as the portrayal of Tony Blair as the oily vicar of St Albion.

Many of the phrases coined by the Eye, such as the word "hack" meaning journalist and the expression "tired and emotional" meaning drunk, have passed into common usage.

Hislop is known now to a wider audience through his weekly bouts with Angus Deayton and Paul Merton on the BBC quiz show, Have I Got News For You.




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