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Former regional journalist dies aged 103

A long-standing former regional newspaper journalist who reported on the invention of television has died at the age of 103.

Angus Shaw worked for Scottish titles for his whole career, covering many of the biggest stories of the times.

He worked for Glasgow’s Evening News after leaving school until it closed in 1957 and after spending time as news editor of the Sunday Mail, he joined the Evening Times in Glasgow for the rest of his career.

Angus, whose daughter Winnie was a well-known tennis player, died in hospital earlier this month.

An appreciation has been paid to him by John Quinn who succeeded Angus as news editor of the Evening Times on his retirement.

He said: “I can see him even now in his immaculate double-breasted suit, or blazer and slacks if it was a Saturday. He certainly cut an imposing figure at the helm of the news desk.

“Everything he did was carried out with a calm assurance. Never did I see him ruffled, even on deadline at the height of the circulation wars of the sixties and seventies.

“Never did he have to raise his voice. Never did he resort to badgering his staff to get results. His leadership was inspirational and it brought its rewards in full. Angus, you carried it off with some style.”

In his career, Angus reported on John Logie Baird’s success in inventing television and the launching of the Queen Mary in Clydeside in 1934.

He covered some of the most notorious murder trials around, including the ‘Bible John’ murders.

And Angus also spent time in the Second World War serving as a lieutenant commander on the Murmansk convoys taking supplies to the Soviet Union.

He is predeceased by his wife Winnie, also a tennis champion, and daughter Winnie who died from cancer in her 40s, while he is survived by his son, also called Angus.

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  • October 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm
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    Quite some career, hardly likely to matched ever again….

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  • October 27, 2010 at 11:03 am
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    what a guy. you won’t see his like again, simply because newspapers will never be the same again in the digital age, for better or worse.

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