A national TV broadcaster has offered his “great gratitude” to the regional newspapers where he trained.
Jim, pictured, worked for the Mail between 1967 and 1971 in his first journalism job.
He spent time as a district reporter in Thame, before his final 18 months saw him get his first taste of sports reporting.
Jim later went on to present eight FIFA World Cups, two Olympic games and more than 150 Formula 1 races.
He told the Mail: “The Oxford Mail and Oxford Times trained me so I will always owe the papers a great gratitude.
“It was a real good journalistic training and I’ve used the principles every day in my career since.
“It was great having the old hands train me and working to a deadline helped me work quickly in order to beat those deadlines.”
Jim is now taking up a new challenge presenting a breakfast show for Oxford-based radio station JACKfm.