Brian Hitchen

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Brian Hitchen CBE
Born Brian Hitchen
(1936-07-08)8 July 1936
Chadderton, Lancashire, England
Died 2 December 2013(2013-12-02) (aged 77)
near Alicante, Spain
Cause of death
Road accident
Occupation Journalist

Brian Hitchen, CBE (8 July 1936 – 2 December 2013) was a British newspaper editor.[1] Late in his career, he worked as a publisher.[2]

Hitchen began his career with the Daily Despatch in Manchester as a copyboy, and then joined the Bury Times as a trainee reporter a year later.[2] His national service followed in which he served in the Parachute Regiment during 1954-56.[3] After national service, following a year on the Manchester Evening News, he began his national newspaper career when he joined the Daily Mirror in their Manchester office. In 1963 he became their foreign correspondent in Paris, and then from 1965 to 1972, he reported from all over the world for the Mirror.[3] In 1965 he was sent to cover the 1965 India-Pakistan War. Whilst working for the Daily Mirror '​s New York bureau he reported on the 1968 Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and on the May 1970 Bogota Bracelet scandal involving England's captain, Bobby Moore, before the 1970 World Cup. Hitchen returned to London on the news desk for the Daily Mirror in 1972, later joining the Daily Express in the same post where he remained between 1973 and 1978.[3]

Hitchen edited the Daily Star from 1987 to 1994, when he became the editor of the Sunday Express for a year.[4] Hitchen was awarded a CBE in Margaret Thatcher's resignation honours list in 1990.[5] In 1996, he set up Brian Hitchen Communications and also became chairman of the Kerry Life and Irish Country Life.[4][6]

An incident with a car while crossing the road near Alicante, in Spain, led to his wife being killed instantly, while Hitchen himself died from his injuries a few hours later.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
  2. ^ a b Obituary: Brian Hitchen, telegraph.co.uk, 3 December 2013
  3. ^ a b c Dennis Griffiths (ed) The Encyclopedia of the British Press 1422-1992, London & Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992, p.311
  4. ^ a b c Roy Greenslade "Former Star editor Brian Hitchen and wife killed in Spanish road accident". The Guardian (blog). Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52371. p. 19582. 21 December 1990.
  6. ^ "Inside Story: The ex-editors' files", The Independent, 9 May 2005
Media offices
Preceded by
Michael Gabbert
Editor of the Daily Star
1987–1994
Succeeded by
Phil Walker
Preceded by
Eve Pollard
Editor of the Sunday Express
1994–1995
Succeeded by
Sue Douglas