A former daily editor who went on to run a successful PR and publishing business has died aged 66 following a long illness.
Ranald Allan edited the Reading Evening Post and then the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette before leaving the industry at the end of 1999 at the relatively young age of 52.
He then moved to Scotland to set up a media agency, Ranald Allan Media Solutions, which he continued to run until his retirement.
Ranald died yesterday morning following a prolonged bout of ill-health.
Peter Montellier, who was Ranald’s deputy in Middlesbrough from 1993 to 1997 before eventually succeeding him as Gazette editor in 2000, was among those paying tribute.
Said Peter: “As an editor, he was a genuine innovator and a vigorous champion of Teesside. He was a real operator. I admired him greatly and will miss him massively.”
Born in Aberdeenshire, Ranald also worked at the Press & Journal, Aberdeen, and the Aberdeen Evening Express.
A former chairman of the Northern Region Guild of Editors, he returned to the North-East of Scotland with his wife Jane after leaving Middlesbrough and latterly lived in Inverurie, near Aberdeen.
“I’ve been pretty busy and had plenty of variety but I miss the buzz and urgency of newspapers. My most satisfying time during the year has been working with the staff of newspapers to improve their efficiency and operational systems,” he said at the time.