Former Mirror, People and Today editor Richard Stott died earlier today. He’s popular in these parts for his love of the scurrilous and thoroughly disreputable Bristolian that was published until a few years ago.
Here’s what he said about the paper when he nominated it for the ‘Paul Foot Award for Investigative Journalism’ in 2005:
Spikey, angry, iconoclastic, rude, abrasive. The “smiter of the high and mighty” says The Bristolian on its masthead, evoking irresistible memories of early Private Eye. Run on its wits, talent and a shoestring, The Bristolian is the authentic voice of the streets. Foot would have loved and admired its two- fingered approach.
What a star, even if he did go to Clifton bloody College.