Charles Wilson, former editor of The Times, has died at the age of 87, friends of his family said.
The former journalist and newspaper executive died Wednesday night at the London Clinic after a brief illness.
A media celebrity, Mr Wilson was born in Glasgow and first worked for the News Chronicle and Daily Mail before editing the Glasgow Evening Times, The Glasgow Herald and the Scottish Sunday Standard.
He served as deputy editor of the Times from 1982 to 1985 before becoming editor-in-chief from 1985 to 1990.
He also briefly edited the Independent in 1995 and 1996.
Mr. Wilson was the chief executive of Mirror Group in the 1990s and editor-in-chief of The Sporting Life.
Charlie Wilson played an important role in the pre- and post-wapping history of journalism. He’s had a simply wonderful career for a young man who started life on the streets of Glasgow’s east endCharles Garside
He has a lifelong interest in horse racing and is a member of the Jockey Club, as well as the owner and breeder of his home in Leicestershire.
Former sports editor Tom Clarke was among those honored.
“Charlie is a special hero to me,” he said. He hired me for The Times and then The Sporting Life.
“I consider him a wonderful editor who turned The Times from a newspaper into a news and memoir. He was the first sports editor to become an editor.”
Friend and colleague Charles Garside said: “Charlie Wilson played an important role in the pre- and post-wapping history of journalism.
“He has had a simply wonderful career for a young man who started life on the streets of Glasgow’s east end.
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“Once a marine boxing champion, he is a tough athlete who loves journalism and journalism.
“And he has had more than one seat in the ring for so many big events.
“He worked closely with Rupert Murdoch through Wapping battles and for Maxwell when the Mirror boss disappeared from Lady Ghislaine.”
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife of 21 years, Rachel, his three children, Emma, Luke and Lily, and seven grandchildren.
He was previously married to broadcaster and TV presenter Anne Robinson and journalist Sally O’Sullivan.
There will be a private family funeral followed by a memorial service at St Bride’s Church on Fleet Street at an announced date.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/charles-wilson-former-editor-of-the-times-dies-aged-87-41953304.html Charles Wilson, former editor of The Times, dies aged 87