British Journalism Review

BRIAN BASS, former managing editor of the British Journalism Review and a member of its editorial and management boards died on August 13 aged 86. He had been suffering from pneumonia.

Brian spent his entire working life in journalism, 28 years of which at the Daily Mirror where he was variously a features sub-editing executive, associate night editor, features editor, production editor and assistant to the editor. 

He had joined the Peterborough Advertiser on leaving school and moved to the Boston Guardian and Ilkeston Pioneer before joining the Sunday Mercury in Birmingham. Three years in Manchester with the Express and Mail preceded his move to the Daily Mail in London and subsequently, in 1965, to the Mirror. He retired in 1993.

Having helped launch Moscow News for Mirror Group proprietor Robert Maxwell, he continued enjoying what had been a successful parallel freelance career, designing and editing dozens of corporate newspapers and magazines, including the Journalists’ Charity newsletter. He and his second wife Caro – now treasurer of the BJR – were closely involved with the launch of the Bahrain Tribune in the 1990s.

Latterly, he continued to play squash and then racquetball until shortly before his recent ill health. He and Caro continued to contribute to the BJR at board levelWhen former Mirror colleague Bill Hagerty became editor of the journal in 2002, Brian and Caro joined as the production team and remained part of the editorial team until Hagerty stood down to become chairman in 2012.

Bill Hagerty said: “Brian was a consummate journalist – editing, sub-editing, page design, headlines, captions – he could do them all and do them superbly. More importantly he was a pleasure to work with, a permanently cheerful companion very much valued by all who worked with or for him. I shall miss him dreadfully, as will the BJR.”



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