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Friday, May 6, 2005

Peter Harland, former Managing Editor of Times Newspapers, London, and good friend of the ICF, died on 6th June 2005.

The following tribute was given by Sir Harold Evans, former Editor of The Sunday Times:

Peter Harland, having distinguished himself as a young editor in Bradford, was reluctant to come to Fleet Street. I was blessed the day he finally agreed to join me on The Sunday Times as Chief Assistant to the Editor. Ask Peter Harland to reconnoitre some bramble patch and he would leap in with a chuckle, chin up, and emerge with it all sorted out. Everyone had said it was impossible to create a viable best-seller list for books. He solved it.

He grappled with the introduction of what we laughably called "new technology" with brio and perspicacity at a time when many journalists were leery and the print unions hostile. He won everyone's respect, as he did in all his endeavours, by his rock-solid integrity. He thought newspapers were invented to do good and never bothered to affect the protective cynicism traditional in the Street.

His contributions to journalism went way beyond doing his work on a newspaper. He represented the best ideals of journalism in professional associations with the same breezy candor and sense of comradeship.