Sub who helped create first free news empire has died

The journalist who helped found Britain’s first free newspaper has died aged 77.

Tony Mather had been a sub-editor on the Derby Telegraph for 15 years when he founded the Derby Trader with Derby County football club chairman Lionel Pickering in 1966.

He become editorial director of a gorup which comprised weekly titles across the Midlands. Pickering sold the group for £30m in 1989, according to Mather’s obit on

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