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Andreas Whittam Smith CBE (born 13 June 1937) is an English financial journalist, was one of the co-founders of The Independent newspaper in October 1986, and is a former president of the British Board of Film Classification.

The son of an Anglican clergyman in the Diocese of Chester, he moved from Macclesfield to Birkenhead in 1940 [1]. He was educated at Birkenhead School, and Keble College, Oxford. Most of his career has been spent in the City in journalism, including as city editor of The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, and as editor of the Investors Chronicle and Stock Exchange Gazette. He was a founder and first editor of The Independent newspaper from 1986 to 1993. He still contributes articles on a regular basis.

On 6 March 2002 The Queen approved Whittam Smith's appointment as First Church Estates Commissioner. He is also chairman of the Financial Ombudsman Service, a director of Independent News and Media (UK), Vice Chairman of Tunbridge Wells Equitable Friendly Society, also a vice-president of the National Council for One Parent Families. He was appointed president of the British Board of Film Classification in 1998, instigating liberalisation of film and video censorship, a post from which he resigned in 2002. Later that year he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He has been on the Board of Trustees of The Architecture Foundation.

Andreas Whittam Smith is a practising Anglican and chairman of the First Church Estates Commission. [2]


  1. ^ Why I am still an Anglican, Continuum, 2006, page 67
  2. ^ Why I am Still an Anglican, Continuum 2006, page 67
Media offices
Preceded by
(founding editor)
Editor of The Independent
1986 - 1993
Succeeded by
Ian Hargreaves
Preceded by
George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood
President of the British Board of Film Classification
1998 - 2002
Succeeded by
Quentin Thomas


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