Daily Star editor who resigned over cutbacks dies aged 67

Tributes have been paid to former Daily Star editor Phil Walker who died on Friday aged 67.

The Daily Mirror described Walker as one of “Fleet Street’s great characters” noting that he started out on the South Wales Echo in 1962 going on to work for the Sketch, Daily Mail and then the Daily Mirror. He was Daily Express associate editor from 1980-83 before becoming deputy editor of the Daily Mirror in 1983.

The Daily Express reported that Walker was known for his “warm, dry sense of humour”.

He joined the Daily Star as deputy editor in 1990 and became editor in 1994.

As Roy Greenslade notes, Walker resigned in 1998 after he became uncomfortable about budget cuts and plans to axe 50 editorial staff.

His funeral takes place on 21 October at King’s Lynn crematorium.

 

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