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Regional journalist who launched news programme dies aged 89

A regional journalist who went on to launch a nightly TV news programme has died aged 89.

Tributes have been paid to Bob Millar, who worked on Glasgow sister dailies The Herald and Evening Times.

Bob, pictured, began his career in the Herald’s Aberdeen office and later served on its foreign, home and sports desks.

He later switched to the Evening Times as a leader writer and features writer before joining the news operation at BBC Scotland, in Glasgow, in 1967.

Robert Millar

The following year Bob, who died last month, became one of the senior figures on new nightly news programme Reporting Scotland.

He spent 12 years on Reporting Scotland and ended his 24-year-long BBC career as Scottish news editor and London’s first point of contact for major Scottish news stories.

In an obituary for The Herald, Russell Leadbetter wrote: “His surviving family – his children Gordon, Susan and Graham – recall him ‘returning home buzzing after Reporting Scotland had aired, still high on adrenalin whether he was director, subsequently, editor’.

“As a lifelong newsman he was, however, displeased when News was subsumed by Current Affairs when the two operations were merged.”

Bob, whose wife Ann died in 2021, is also survived by grandchildren Angus and Sula.