Opinion Shane Ross

Saturday 24 March 2018

Shane Ross: He cared about readers, not just figures

Aengus believed business writing -- like life -- should be about people, not numbers, writes Shane Ross

A few weeks after I was made business editor of the Sunday Independent I went out to lunch with editor Aengus Fanning and a senior management type.

On the agenda was the progress of this newspaper's attempt to compete with the dull business supplements then emerging from our competitors. As so often happened with Aengus, there was a sense of friction when anyone tried to snipe at his staff or his products.

The management type was unenthusiastic about the tone of the pages, and distinctly sniffy about our descent into critical populism. He had been receiving flak from his business chums. They were meant to feel that this was their section. It should be authoritative and far more business-friendly.

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