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'Seasoned old school hack' dies aged 74

A “seasoned hack of the old school” and former president of the Chartered Institute of Journalists has died aged 74.

Robin Morgan’s career saw him cross the Pennines, leaving his native Lancashire to eventually become business correspondent at the Yorkshire Post, in Leeds.

While a schoolboy he submitted cricket and football results to his local paper The Gazette, in Blackpool, before joining its staff.

Robin, pictured below, moved to the Barnsley Chronicle where he served as a trainee reporter, and spent a spell freelancing back in Lancashire.

Robin Morgan

He joined the Post in 1963 and became the paper’s industrial correspondent five years later, before taking on the role of business correspondent – a position he held until his retirement in 1997.

His involvement with the CIJ began in 1979 and he took on the role of president in 1993.

An obituary on the Post’s website stated: “He prophetically wrote a piece about standards in the press, and the damage of sensationalism in order to win circulation wars.

“His comments came in light of the Calcutt Report on the Press in 1990.

“Twenty years later he would repeat many of his arguments in the wake of the Leveson inquiry.

“Robin’s generosity, kindness and humour endeared him to friends and colleagues alike.”

Robin had fought a long battle with cancer and is survived by his wife Raisa and two sons.


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  • November 14, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Robin’s northern humour knew no bounds and the last time we spoke he told me about being “jump started” after he suffered a heart attack as he smoked on the steps of the hospital door. “The fag was lost,” he smiled ruefully “but I am back”.

    I will remember his quiet respect for desperately keen young journalists and his assurance to the smart-alec older hacks that they would all learn new tricks if they gave hope a chance. It was the same reason he backed me as President for CIoJ. He remained utterly professional in everything he did and will be sadly missed by all of us at the CIoJ.

    My thoughts go to his wife Raya, family and the friends we shared both professionally and over a beer.

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  • November 17, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    RIP Robin, many happy memories of covering the West Yorkshire industrial/ business patch ion friendly opposition to you in the late 1970s and 80s – something I returned to in 2008.

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