Richard Stott

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Richard Stott
Born (1943-08-17)17 August 1943
Died (2007-07-30)30 July 2007
Occupation Newspaper editor, journalist
Children Three
Family Wife Penny

Richard Keith Stott (17 August 1943 – 30 July 2007) was a British journalist and editor.

Born in Oxford, he attended Clifton College in Bristol. He started his journalistic career in 1963 with the Bucks Herald and was the only journalist to interview the driver of the train that pulled the hijacked one off the main line after the infamous Great Train Robbery of that year. As a result of this interview, it was realised that the cash haul was a great deal more than had at first been estimated. Stott had great political convictions and is the only man to have edited two UK national newspapers twice: The Daily Mirror from 1985 to 1989 and again from 1991 to 1992, and The People from 1984 to 1985 and again from 1990 to 1991. One of the few journalists who could call Robert Maxwell's bluff during the time he was editor. Stott also edited the now defunct Today newspaper from 1993 to 1995. Among many interests he enjoyed buying paintings by modern artists and building a fine collection of books. His brother-in-law was the comedian and artist Dave Allen, whom he greatly admired. His memoir, Dogs and Lampposts, was published in 2002 by Metro. Stott spent much of his last year editing Alastair Campbell's book The Blair Years before his death in London, aged 63, of pancreatic cancer. He was survived by his widow Penny, three children and four grandchildren.

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Preceded by
Nicholas Lloyd
Editor of the The People
1984–1985
Succeeded by
Ernie Burrington
Preceded by
Michael Molloy
Editor of the Daily Mirror
1985–1989
Succeeded by
Roy Greenslade
Preceded by
Ernie Burrington
Editor of the The People
1990–1991
Succeeded by
Bill Hagerty
Preceded by
Roy Greenslade
Editor of the Daily Mirror
1991–1992
Succeeded by
David Banks
Preceded by
Martin Dunn
Editor of Today
1993–1995
Succeeded by
Ceased publication