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Motoring journalist Ross Finlay, (67), has died after suffering a heart attack at the wheel of his car.
Ross, from Helensburgh, was a contributor to the Herald’s motoring section and a freelance journalist.


Two charities have received a cash Christmas gift from readers of the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The paper’s Half and Half Appeal was such a success that £78,000 was handed to St Gemma’s hospice and Sue Ryder Care Wheatfields.


A new current affairs TV show is to give regional press journalists the chance to comment on the week’s news.
The Sunday Roast has already pencilled in Gloucester Citizen editor Ian Mean and Swindon Evening Advertiser editor Mark Waldron for the show.


The News Letter is to be honoured in a new heritage initiative.
Belfast City Council is to put a bronze interpretive panel at the paper’s former home in Donegall Street. The News Letter is the oldest daily paper in the world and will be marked by one of just ten plaques city-wide.


Ilford Recorder series news editor Antigone Forder has been named media personality of the year at a community awards ceremony.
She was honoured at the Redbridge Cultural Association awards night. Editor Chris Carter said: “The award was richly-deserved abnd proves how much we will miss Tig when she leaves on Christmas Eve to go freelance.”


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