Kelvin MacKenzie

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Kelvin MacKenzie

Kelvin Calder MacKenzie (b. 22 Oct. 1946) is a former editor of The Sun (1981-1993). He is a close associate of Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul. Murdoch referred to MacKenzie as his "favorite editor".

Roy Greenslade writes:

As editor of the Sun for 12 years, from 1981, MacKenzie was the master of publicity stunts that turned politicians from all parties into a laughing stock. He launched venomous attacks on Neil Kinnock, Tony Benn and "Red Ken" Livingstone; and his paper was scathing about John Major, Norman Lamont and Michael Heseltine. Among its most memorable, and cruel, headlines were those concerning the private peccadilloes of ministers, such as David Mellor ("From toe job to no job") and Tim Yeo ("Off Yeo go, you dirty so and so")
Davis can have no idea what is about to hit him. Nor, for that matter, can MacKenzie, who is spontaneous rather than a strategist. He will, though, have two big advantages. First, his campaign will be funded by Rupert Murdoch. One has to wonder at the audacity of an Australian-American media mogul backing a Sun columnist to try to win a British parliamentary seat. It does not link Murdoch to a particular party, but it does open him up to scrutiny about his political involvement in this country.[1]


  • March 2006 - : Presenter, BBC Radio Five Live
  • 2006 - 2007: Chairman, Media Square plc.
  • 2005: MacKenzie took over Highbury House Communications
  • 1998 MacKenzie headed a consortium (TalkCo Holdings) which purchased Talk Radio
  • 1995 - 1997: Mirror Group Newspapers to head L!VE TV.
  • 1994: BSkyB
  • 1981 - 1993: Editor The Sun
  • 1978 - 1981: Managing Editor New York Post (Murdoch)

Birmingham Six

MacKenzie was editor of The Sun in 1988 when the Birmingham Six lost an appeal hearing:

The Sun saw the judgement as an opportunity to declare open season on those who had campaigned for the case to be re-opened. The Sun's front page headline the next day read, LOONY MP BACKS BOMB GANG. An editorial said, 'If the Sun had its way, we would have been tempted to string 'em up years ago.'[2]

Contact, References and Resources




  1. Roy Greenslade, You couldn't make it up, Guardian, 14 June 2008.
  2. Error of Judgement, by Chris Mullin, Poolbeg Press, 1990, p.310.