Aberfan disaster journalist dies aged 73

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John O’Sullivan, who spent a decade at BBC Wales but most of his career was at the South Wales Echo, has died aged 73.

He said that he covered more than 100 murders and helped gain posthumous pardons for two men who were hanged, according to the BBC.

After  failing the 11-plus, he left his catholic secondary school at 14 and worked in Western Mail and Echo’s advertising department. After joining the RAF he became a reporter with the RAF magazine Spotlight, in 1956, he joined the Barry Herald and was made editor in 1958 before moving to the South Wales Echo and then becoming the south Wales reporter for the Daily Mail in 1966 during which time he covered the 1967 Aberfan disaster.

He was a chief news assistant with BBC Wales from 1980 until he retired in 1990.

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