Roland Gribben, who died on Friday aged 86, was a person of the most completed business journalists of his technology, a relentlessly tough-performing and first rate man who was just about universally respected, and once in a while feared, amongst the industrialists he wrote about for his consummate professionalism and commitment to honest, incisive and accurate reporting.
Baron Simon of Highbury, a previous main executive and chairman of BP as very well as a govt minister, claimed: “He experienced a exclusive capacity to electrify the dullest of firm press conferences with a 5-barrelled opening problem that correctly predicted all the things anyone else could want to request. He was a person of the most astute reporters of his business technology, who generally appeared to know as considerably about the companies he protected as the men and women who ran them.”
Equally effusive in his praise is Sir Max Hastings, editor of The Every day Telegraph from 1986 to 1996. “Roly was a supreme experienced of remarkable integrity. Those terms may well sound banal, till we believe how rather several journalists of any variety, and in particular business journalists, merit the similar accolade,” he claimed.
“He was boundlessly painstaking, drily amusing, sceptical, immensely educated about British business, sincerely outraged by wrongdoing of any variety. If it was probable to place Roly’s qualities in a bottle and market them to aspiring media editors, they would stand for all the things we should really glimpse for in the quite very best of British journalism.”
Charles Moore, who succeeded Sir Max, claimed Gribben combined experienced perseverance with gentlemanly manners.
“He experienced the wonderful items of lucid rationalization and a sense of in which the accurate story lay. Although he took enormous pleasure in his do the job, he by no means let ego get in the way. As befitted a man who protected marketplace, Roly was immensely industrious. His studies could constantly be dependable, which is genuinely the best praise.”
In a vocation spanning additional than 60 a long time, the wonderful bulk of it at The Every day Telegraph, Gribben chronicled many of the wonderful industrial and business tales of the post-war period of time, from the decrease of Britain’s vehicle marketplace to the increase of the North Sea oil and gasoline sector.