Tributes paid to former SoE Director Bob Satchwell on his death, aged 73

By Democrat reporter

The Society of Editors has been saddened by news of the death of its founding executive director Bob Satchwell.

Bob had spent the last few weeks in hospital after developing pneumonia and covid-19, but sadly did not respond to treatment and spent the last week of his life in a hospice before passing away peacefully, his family announced today (Wednesday, March 3).

Bob, who was 73, was co-founder of the Society of Editors in 1999. Bob started as a reporter on the Lancashire Evening Post in 1970, went on to become assistant editor for the News of the World, and then edited the Cambridge Evening News from 1984 to 1998.

Ian Murray, who took over from Bob as executive director of the SoE when he stepped down due to illness in 2017, paid tribute to a ‘true giant of the industry.’

“I know I speak for the board and membership of the Society when I say we have lost one of the media’s greatest champions. The principles of a free press ran through his veins.

“Bob was one life’s great communicators and this gift made him superbly able to fight his many battles on behalf of the press. From Leveson to the creation of IPSO, from threats to Freedom of Information, to the countless other attempts to stifle free speech, Bob was always there in the fight.

“On a personal level, I had known Bob from the days of the old Guild of Editors. It was his vision that saw the need for a truly national organisation to represent editorial standards and freedoms across the whole media spectrum.

“We all owe him a huge debt of gratitude.”

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