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Long-standing former editor appears on Countdown

A former long-standing regional daily editor has appeared on popular Channel 4 programme Countdown.

Derek Tucker was editor of Aberdeen’s Press and Journal for 18 years until retiring early last year but has now appeared as one of the contestants on the quiz show.

Last week he came up against reigning champion Philip Jackson but lost out in the final Countdown Conundrum round, with the final score being 89-73.

During the show, host Nick Hewer questioned Derek about his time reporting in Lebanon during the 1980s for the Wolverhampton-based Express and Star.

The Press and Journal was also mentioned a number of times on the popular game show, which has been running since 1982, while journalist and broadcaster Janet Street-Porter was in dictionary corner for the show.

Derek left the Press and Journal in January last year, being replaced in the helm by Damian Bates.

In April last year, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Press Awards to recognise his “outstanding contribution” to journalism.

The show can be viewed by clicking here.