Former Sunday Post editor Bill Anderson passes away

February 6, 2012 | 2 min read

By Colin Grant.

Bill Anderson CBE, former editor of The Sunday Post has died after a long illness.

Bill, originally from Motherwell, was old school. He could instil terror and generate respect in equal measures.

He was a forceful character who ruled with a rod of iron and never minced his words. But he was loyal to his staff and was quick to praise them when the occasion arose.

However, what made him stand out was his amazing intellect, speed of thought and brilliant journalistic instinct. These rare qualities led to him being appointed editor at the tender age of 34. His ascent was so spectacular that he earned the nickname "Flash", although nobody dared use it in his presence.

At that time The Sunday Post sold well over 1.5 million copies and during his 22 years in charge it was the dominant force in Scotland’s Sunday paper market.

In 1991 he was awarded the CBE in recognition of his contribution to journalism.

Away from the job fishing was his passion and he was always keen to encourage youngsters to get involved in his favourite pastime.

Bill passed away in his sleep, surrounded by members of his family. He is survived by his second wife Maggie, three sons and eight grandchildren. His first wife Meg died in 1993.

His funeral takes place in Dundee on Friday, the day he would have celebrated his 78th birthday.

Colin Grant spent 31 years at The Sunday Post and now runs Glasgow-based media consultancy Spectrum PR.


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