Tom Margerison

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Thomas Alan Margerison (13 November 1923 – 25 February 2014) was a British science journalist, author, and broadcaster who founded New Scientist, a science magazine, in 1956.[1] Margerison was a science correspondent for The Sunday Times, which he joined in 1961.[1]

He partnered with David Frost to form what became London Weekend Television, a new ITV contractor from August 1968.[2] Margerison became London Weekend Television's first deputy managing director, both becoming chairman and chief executive of the channel within two years.[1] He left the company in 1971.[1] He served as the chairman of Computer Technology Ltd. from 1971 to 1975.[1]

Margerison died on February 25, 2014, at the age of 90.[1] He was survived by his partner, journalist Marjorie Wallace with whom he lived with since the 1970s, and their daughter, Sophia Margerison; and two sons, Peter and Angus, from his marriage to his first wife, Pamela Tilbrook.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Richmond, Caroline (2014-03-03). "Tom Margerison obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  2. ^ Leapman, Michael (2014-03-01). "Tom Margerison: Journalist widely acclaimed for his work in popularising science who went on to fall foul of Rupert Murdoch". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-03-24.