Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Death of Richard Stott

Richard Stott,former Editor of the Mirror died yesterday at the age of 63.
Perhaps the story that sums up his charactor and dedication the nost was that he was working to the last editing Alistair Campbell's diaries from his hospital bed.

Many tributes in the press this morning,with the Mirror leading those tributes.

Joe Haines writes in the paper that

Many men, and some women, proudly boasted how brave they were in the presence of Robert Maxwell when he owned the Mirror - but they only mentioned it after he was dead.
Richard Stott, twice editor of this paper, who died yesterday, was the exception.
He did it to Maxwell's face, totally fearlessly.
Once Maxwell admitted to having made "a small error".
Stott was having none of it. "You looked a right ****," he said.

Roy Greenslade writes a great piece on his Guardian blog

His Daily Mirror reporting record speaks for itself. He was responsible for one of the best pieces of post-war tabloid investigative journalism by exposing the England football manager, Don Revie, for bribery and match-fixing. He got a "reporter of the year" award for that in 1977 and he should have got another for his probe into the mysterious disappearance of the Labour MP John Stonehouse and, arguably another, for his investigation into the Tory minister Reginald Maudling.

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