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A former Lynn News boss died suddenly at his Hunstanton holiday home on Saturday.

Malcolm Scott, 81, worked at the Lynn News office in the 1990s as the managing director of EMAP Anglia, which owned the paper at the time.

Malcolm Scott (3485295)
Malcolm Scott (3485295)

Mr Scott leaves a widow, Bridget – they had been married for 35 years and their home was in Lincoln.

An experienced and highly respected journalist and author, Mr Scott was the son of a Methodist minister.

Just some of the other titles he edited during his career included Spalding Guardian, the Bury Free Press, the Newmarket Journal and the Grantham Journal.

Retired editor-in-chief of the Lynn News and Citizen David Young, who worked alongside Mr Scott, said: “Malcolm was a very talented community newspaper man, a wonderful mentor of up-and-coming trainees, and the very best of colleagues.”

Mr Young said Mr Scott got "stuck into local issues" and was a "highly popular character".

Iliffe Media board member and media industry adviser David Fordham, who worked with Mr Scott for Yorkshire Regional Newspapers in the 1980s, paid tribute to his “vast experience of the regional press” and his “calm and polite manner”.

“Malcolm made numerous friends with many of the colleagues he worked with and I know that all will be extremely sad to learn of his passing,” Mr Fordham added.

"My last contact with Malcolm was little over two months ago, he was interested to know how many of the newspapers that he had previously worked on, that are now part of Iliffe Publishing, were performing and was delighted to learn that the papers were now receiving more investment than had been the case in recent years.

“He was a true local newspaper enthusiast and he will be sadly missed by all those who had the pleasure and privilege to work alongside him.”

Mr Scott took early retirement because of cancer from which he made a remarkable recovery – surviving for a further 25 years.

On his retirement Mr Scott did consultancy work and then took up writing again, winning a national award.

As well as his wife, Bridget, Mr Scott leaves a daughter, Melanie, from his first marriage and two grandsons.

Funeral details are to be announced in due course.



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