Do newspaper editors take a personal interest in finding new talent? At least one did twenty years ago, when TV presenter, Jim Delahunt, was a student in Glasgow. In the Time and Place column in Sunday Times Scotland, Delahunt – who has just joined football broadcasters, Setanta, from stv – talks of receiving a personal letter from the legendary Charlie Wilson, then editor of the Sunday Standard.
The column published a slightly truncated version of the story. Here it is in full: “Law and accountancy were two professions that were being constantly recommended to me, by teachers and friends of the family, but I harboured an inkling towards journalism – which always drew anxious looks whenever I mentioned it as a career ambition. I’d be counselled it had no prospects or security.
“I was still a student when the editor of then Sunday Standard newspaper, Charlie Wilson, invited me to his office. I had written a letter to the paper about a betting system I had worked out. He put me on a three-month trial as a tipster, which then became a job – on