Eric Wilkie: popular television journalist on STV

Eric Wilkie, one of Scotland’s best-known television journalists, died suddenly at home on 12 December. He was 73.

His career started on the Perthshire Advertiser and progressed to what was then the Glasgow Herald’s Dundee office. He was later transferred to Glasgow, where he covered many of the city’s major trials and ship launches before joining the fledgling Scottish Television.

Wilkie was a reporter and presenter on Here and Now before being promoted to news editor of the nightly Scotland Today news programme. During his early television days, he also covered Scotland for ITN.

He was promoted to producer of the weekly documentary strand Scotland Today in the Eighties, for which he won an international award.

Wilkie then returned to the newsroom, where he was appointed producer of Scotland Today – a post he held until his retirement at the age of 59 in 1989.

He enjoyed a full retirement, spending many hours at the family holiday home in Dumfriesshire and enjoying his three children and six grandchildren.

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