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Veteran editor gets a knighthood

The veteran newspaper editor and publisher Harold Evans has been knighted in the New Years Honours list for his services to journalism.

Best known as editor of the Sunday Times between 1967 and 1981, he was then appointed editor of The Times, resigning a year later complaining of proprietor Rupert Murdoch breaching guarantees of editorial independence.

He began his career at the Manchester Evening News before moving to his first editorship – at the Northern Echo in Darlington.

The 75-year-old has lived in New York since 1984 and will not be known as Sir Harold after becoming an American citizen.

Another former editor of The Times, Simon Jenkins, is also knighted for services to journalism. He was also editor of the London Evening Standard and has carved a subsequent career in public service while still contributing to the paper as a columnist.

  • Another Standard columnist, restaurant critic Fay Maschler, receives the MBE for services to journalism.
  • Alf McCreary, of the Belfast Telegraph, is also to be honoured with an MBE for his charity work and services to journalism in Northern Ireland.
  • Veteran royal photographer George Freston, who is secretary to the Council of Photographic News Agencies, has been made a Member of the Victorian Order. The Truro-based 68-year-old has been a photographer for 52 years.
  • The Herts-based writer on planning issues, and editor of The Planning Inspectorate Anthony Fyson, receives the MBE for services to Town Planning and Urban Environmental Education.

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