A war hero who went from trainee reporter to chief executive of a newspaper group has died aged 94.
Sir Gordon Linacre, pictured below, served as former managing director of Yorkshire Conservative Newspapers and chief executive of United Newspapers, before being made the company’s first president.
Sir Gordon set up his own school magazine before beginning his career aged 17 at the Sheffield Independent, with his first assignment covering a meeting of bee-keepers.
He served as a bomber pilot in the RAF during the Second World War and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Force Cross, and had risen to the rank of squadron leader by the time he left in 1946.
His best friend Raymond Somerfield, a Sheffield Telegraph sports reporter with whom he signed up to serve, was killed in action.
Sir Gordon was accompanied to the investiture ceremony by Raymond’s ex-fiancee Irene who showed him the way across London, and would later become Lady Linacre.
His career then progressed from sube-editor on the Sunday Graphic to to the Kemsley News Service and assistant editorshis at both the Newcastle Journal and Evening Chronicle.
YCN later merged with United Newspapers and he went on to become chief executive and chairman of its regional newspapers division, which owned 130 UK titles.
Sir Gordon also served as president of the Newspaper Society in 1978-79, and remained president of Yorkshire Post Newspapers (and independent entity within United Newspapers) until 1990, when he was made the company’s first president.
He was knighted in 1986 and also served as a director of the English National Opera.
Sir Gordon is survived by his daughters Anthea and Philippa.