Sunderland Echo and Northern Echo journalist John Hobbs has died at the age of 75. Hobbs worked as a sub-editor at the Sunderland Echo for many years before his retirement when he continued to write on a freelance basis for The Northern Echo after retiring.
Pioneering blogger and professor emeritus of government at Manchester University Norman Geras has died of cancer aged 70. His political blog, the influential Normblog announces his death and carries this final update from his daughter Jenny.
Tributes to the ‘influential and much-loved’ media law expert Walter Greenwood are being made across the industry. Greenwood, who for more than 30 years was, with Tom Welsh, co-author of McNae's Essential Law for Journalists - died in Newcastle's Freeman Hospital at the age of 87.
The former Manchester Evening News reporter who was the first journalist to suggest the Moors Murders may be connected has died. Ian Fowler wrote a feature on the disappearances of Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride, 12, Lesley Anne Downey, 10, and Keith Bennett, 12, while working as the MEN's crime correspondent.
Sir Denis Forman, the former chairman of Granada Television, has died aged 95. Forman originally joined Granada at its inception and went on to play a leading role in its development, and was also deputy chairman of Granada Group from 1984 to 1990.