When media mogul Rupert Murdoch wanted to revolutionise Britain’s national newspaper industry, he turned to the indefatigable Tom Bell.
The infamous Wapping Dispute of the mid-1980s represented the biggest gamble of Murdoch’s career. He was hell-bent on freeing his News International business from the stranglehold of left wing activists. Success hinged on whether he could get tens of millions of newspapers past thousands of militant pickets. Tom Bell made it happen and earned himself the nickname ‘The Man Who Never Sleeps’.
It was the end of Fleet Street and another chapter in the remarkable rise of a man born into poverty, but destined for the top. Based on a mantra of ‘work hard, play hard’, Tom Bell’s story is an inspirational tale of rags to riches and of a man who always delivered.
David Walker is an award-winning ex-news journalist who moved into the world of corporate communications, holding senior in-house roles at a number of FTSE 100 companies. His writing talents have won recognition, including Business Continuity Media Relations awards, a double win from the Institute of Interval Communications and a commendation for business strategy from Harvard Business School.
David worked alongside Tom Bell for more than seven years as Head of Communications for TNT UK & Ireland. He is presently Communications Director at Right Word Comms. This is his first book.