Tributes have been paid to Ray Fitzwalter, pictured left, formerly of the Bradford Telegrpah & Argus, who went on to become the longest-serving editor of ITV’s World In Action series.
While working at the T&A, he was instrumental in the uncovering of the Poulson affair – an investigation into the Yorkshire architect John L. Poulson and his use of bribery to win contracts.
The scandal sent shock waves across Edward Heath’s government in the early 1970s and led to the resignation of Home Secretary Reginald Maudling.
Ray later spent 23 years working on the World In Action series, where he won two BAFTA awards and was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society.
Among his programmes for the series was an investigation which ultimately led to the release of the Birmingham Six, who had their convictions over the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings quashed by the Court of Appeal in 1991.
Rod Caird, who worked with Ray when he was head of features (documentaries) at Granada, said: “He was a startlingly good journalist, in the classic style. Dogged and determined and fearless and completely committed to uncovering evil deeds.
“But he also had a wonderful personality and a wonderful character everybody tried to imitate the whole time, and couldn’t do, because he was just Ray.
“He had one of those personas that is both likeable and slightly to be feared if you’re working for him. You knew if you had Ray on your side you were all right.”