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‘Well-known and loved’ newspaper editor and director dies aged 64

John CleggA “well-known and loved” editor who became production director at a family-owned newspaper publisher has died aged 64.

Tributes have been paid to former Stourbridge County Express editor and editorial director John Clegg, who was also part of the launch team of the Birmingham Daily News.

During a career spanning five decades, he also served as production director for Observer Standard Newspapers and later Bullivant Media.

John, pictured, retired from Bullivant due to ill-health in 2012. He died peacefully at home on 2 September.

He began his career as a trainee reporter at the Smethwick News Telephone in the early 1970s, where he eventually became chief reporter, before moving to the Walsall Observer as sports editor.

Later he became editor, then editorial director, of the Stourbridge County Express.

John moved into the production department with the advent of new technologies, which he pioneered as production director at the launch of the UKs first free daily newspaper the Birmingham Daily News in October 1984.

He is survived by his wife Pam Thomas, his three children and four grandchildren.

His son Brendan told HTFP: “He was well-known and loved within the industry and was a real old-school newspaper man.”

“Away from newspapers John was a dedicated fan of West Bromwich Albion FC, and a season ticket holder for both home and away matches.

“He was also passionate about education and served on the governing bodies of a special school and a secondary school, before serving several terms of office as a member of the corporation at Halesowen College.”

John’s funeral will be held at Stourbridge Crematorium at 2.50pm on Thursday 20 September. Donations to Marie Curie and Ward C5 Russells Hall Hospital in his memory can be made via N.E. Downing on (0121) 422 2794, or on the day.


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  • September 14, 2018 at 8:38 am

    RIP John – a wonderful character, good fun and a hard worker. He helped me and the Daily News make history in 1984.

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  • September 16, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Goodbye old friend, many a battle fought, many a dragon slayed.
    bh’i t’u ina shaighdiu’r iontach. Chris

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