Former editor of the Northumberland Gazette Bob Bingham has died of cancer aged 72.
The Northumberland Gazette said he worked for almost 50 years in journalism, starting his career when he was 15. He was editor of the Northumberland Gazette for 16 years until his retirement in 2003.
According to Northumberland Gazette, on his retirement when asked what the most significant changes in the industry have been he said: “The biggest change has been the introduction of modern technology. Computers have made a tremendous difference to all newspapers and put journalists back in charge of newspapers when in the old days it had been print unions.”
Bingham was appointed chief reporter in 1973 and as group editor he edited the Berwick Gazette, the Borders Gazette, the Hawick News and the Selkirk Saturday Advertiser for Portsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers.
Current Gazette editor Paul Larkin said: “Bob was a fantastic, long-serving and hard-working editor of the Gazette and upheld strong journalistic values. He did an amazing amount for the community and was well-respected in north Northumberland."
“He was still writing stories and reporting on rugby matches until a few weeks before he died, despite his illness. He will be sorely missed by the huge number of people who knew him. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his widow Susan and the rest of his family. This is a very sad time for them and the town of Alnwick. Journalism has lost a fine servant.”
College of Bingham Janet Hall told Press Gazette: "Bob took me on as assistant editor at the Northumberland Gazette in 1995 and I worked with him until he retired. He was a true professional, a highly-respected journalist and a lovely, lovely man. I will miss him enormously."