THE Scotsman has paid tribute to a former Scottish news editor, who has died aged 79.
Ian Saunders, who retired from his position at The Scotsman in 1993, spent over 40 years in journalism, having started as a junior reporter at the Edinburgh Evening News in 1949.
Although his career was briefly put on hold, as he completed National Service with the RAF, his spell at the Evening News was then followed by a brief stint working in London for the John Bull Magazine.
On returning to Scotland, he worked on various newspapers, including the Scottish Daily Mail and the Scottish Daily Express, before joining The Scotsman, in 1968, initially as a senior reporter.
Writes Phil Davison, in an obituary published in the paper yesterday: “During his time at The Scotsman, he was credited by his peers as boosting this newspaper’s reputation and sales.”