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    Alan Douglas

    United Kingdom | 27 Jun 2020

     

    I first met Harry when he replaced me as 'editor' of the Forfar Dispatch in 1971. The truth is we were the only editorial staff and it was there we both learned our craft the hard way - from our mistakes. He did far too good a job at following in my footsteps and went on to great things. Our paths crossed again at BBC Scotland about a decade later when we both worked on Reporting Scotland and for a time on its temporary alternative Scotland Sixty Minutes. We were both proud of our Forfar roots and never failed to remind our colleagues that it wasn't just DC Thomson who produced journalists from the east of Scotland. We last appeared together in a TV studio for a picture for the centenary edition of the Forfar Dispatch. Others have spoken of his unflappable professionalism, his talent at finding the right words, his eye for detail and his ability to refine complex stories to simple terms. Over-riding that was his good nature and even temper which is an unusual characteristic in this business. I'd like to claim I taught him all he knew but Harry had journalism in his blood and those he worked for in subsequent years were very fortunate to benefit from his superb talent. Sincerest condolences to Joy and family. 

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    John Toker

    United Kingdom | 27 Jun 2020

     

    When I ran the Planning Desk at ITN it was always a pleasure to put Harry down for a shift the following day. It meant that News Desk would have a reporter who knew how to get a story without making a fuss; the output producer would get a well thought out package and the programme PA would get a live which could be counted out on cue. And with Harry, those skills were guaranteed.  He came into work with a smile and it would still be there at the end of his shift no matter how tough the day had been. And if there was a chance to chat in the  Blue Lion then he was the best and easiest company. No ego, no moaning, a kind word for everyone. I’m sure Harry took those qualities home to his family and I hope they  are comforted knowing how much he was appreciated by everyone at ITN.

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