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
Spouse(s) Penny Scragg (1970–his death)[1]
Children Three

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 began his career in journalism with the Bucks Herald, aged 19.[2] After the Great Train Robbery that year, he was the only journalist to interview the driver of the train that pulled the hijacked one off the main line. As a result of this interview, it was realised that the cash haul was a great deal more than had at first been estimated.[1]

Stott is the only man to have edited two British national newspapers twice: the Daily Mirror from 1985 to 1989 and again from 1991 to 1992, and the Sunday People from 1984 to 1985 and again (by then known as The People) from 1990 to 1991.[1] He was one of the few journalists who could call Robert Maxwell's bluff during the time he was editor, and sometimes refused to meet Maxwell's demands. "I considered myself to be working for the Mirror, not for Maxwell", Stott wrote. "I believed in what the Mirror stood for - social justice, decent and honest standards in public life and the right for people with small voices to be heard loud and clear".[2]

Stott's Mirror headline commemorating Maxwell the day after he died ("The Man Who Saved The Mirror") was mocked, but soon afterwards Stott was covering Maxwell's plundering of the company pension funds.[3] After Stott headed a failed management attempt at a buyout, the new chief executive of Mirror Group David Montgomery fired him. At the suggestion of owner Rupert Murdoch, Stott edited the Today newspaper from 1993 to November 1995, when the paper ceased publication.[3] During this time, he appointed Anne Robinson and Alastair Campbell to work for Today.[2] Subsequently Stott was a columnist for the News of the World (1997–2000) and the Sunday Mirror (2001–7).[1]

Among many interests, he enjoyed buying paintings by modern artists and building a fine collection of books. The younger brother of the actor Judith Stott,[4] his brother-in-law for nearly twenty-years was the comedian Dave Allen, also an amateur artist, whom he greatly admired. Stott's memoir, Dogs and Lampposts, was published in 2002 by Metro. He spent much of his last year editing Alastair Campbell's book The Blair Years. Stott died in London, aged 63, of pancreatic cancer; he was survived by his widow Penny, three children and four grandchildren.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hagerty, Bill (31 July 2007). "Richard Stott". The Independent. Archived from the original on 6 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Greenslade, Roy (1 August 2007). "Richard Stott". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Richard Stott". The Daily Telegraph. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Richard Stott". The Times. 31 July 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2018. (subscription required)

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Preceded by
Nicholas Lloyd
Editor of 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 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