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College to honour journalist who died last month with new scholarship

Colin SomervilleA new scholarship is to be created in memory of a journalist who died last month aged 62.

Fife College has announced the plan in honour of its former lecturer Colin Somerville, who was Edinburgh Evening News entertainment editor between 1994 and 1998.

Colin, pictured, later became a freelance music writer for the News and its sister titles, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday until 2012.

He also worked as a comedy critic for Glasgow-based daily The Herald and was a music controller and presenter on Radio Forth.

Dougi McMillan, director of the Faculty of Creative Industries at Fife College, told Fife Today: “Colin was and is very well respected, knowledgeable and connected throughout broadcasting, publishing and had a very healthy collective of celebrity interviews and friendships.

“The radio students and his colleagues alike adored him, all his life stories, anecdotes and laughter. A hell of a great guy – the light will always shine.”

He added: “A fitting tribute to Colin and the work he carried out in the college would be to support new talent as he did throughout his career.

“To this end, the faculty will look to establish an annual Colin Somerville scholarship for new and emerging radio talent across the student cohort of the Creative Industries at Fife College.”