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TV newsman's roots in print

A journalist who left the Exeter Express and Echo for a successful television career has died, aged 67.

John Doyle began his journalism career at the paper before moving into broadcasting in 1963, where he made his name as a news presenter for Westward TV.

He moved on to produce and present his own weekly doocumentary series The Westcountry Report, and continued his TV work when the franchise was taken over by TSW.

After a spell in Germany working for British Forces Broadcasting, he moved to HTV Wales before returning to the Westcountry as a freelance presenter for Westcountry TV.

Brad Higgins, controller of news at Westcountry TV said: “John’s knowledge and sense of humour will be sorely missed by colleagues past and present.

“He was so enthusiastic and willing to lend a hand to those just starting out on their journalism career.”

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