Kenneth Whitson, chairman and managing director of D & J Croal Ltd, which publishes the East Lothian Courier, has died. He was 66.
He began his career as a junior reporter on the East Lothian Courier, which was then known as the Haddingtonshire Courier.
He later became the paper’s chief reporter – a role that was briefly interrupted by two years of National Service when he served in Cyprus.
Kenneth became editor of the Courier in 1966, and a seat on the board of directors soon followed before he was ultimately chairman and managing director.
In 1987 he also acquired the Border weeklies, and was a former president of the Scottish Newspaper Publishers’ Association.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and elder brother Jack.
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