Former Daily Mirror editor and Mirror Group Newspapers chairman Tony Miles has died aged 87.
While starting out as a journalist, Miles worked on the Middlesex Advertiser, Nottingham Guardian and Evening Argus.
He joined the Daily Mirror in 1954 as a feature writer and was appointed assistant editor in 1966. A year later he was promoted to associate editor, before being named editor of the paper in 1971.
Affectionately known as “Milo”, Miles was editor of the Mirror for three years, following which he was appointed as the editorial director of Mirror Group, and also served as its chairman.
During his career Miles also sat on the Press Council, served as a director of Reuters and as executive publisher with the Globe Communications Corporation, publisher of the National Examiner.
Tributes have been paid by former Mirror colleagues and friends from the Association of Mirror Pensioners.
Brian Bass, who was features editor on the Mirror, said: “He was my friend as well as a brilliant journalist, and a lovely man.”
Ray Weaver, who was Mirror night picture editor under Miles, said: “He was a lovely man and a great journalist.”
Former Sun executive editor, Fergus Shanahan, said: “Tony was a kind, wise and quick-witted companion. He had been there and done it all at the very highest level, but remained a comrade in arms and a friend to all.”
Although he had been suffering from cancer, Miles died peacefully at Highgate Nursing Home, London, on 14 April with his wife Anne by his side.
There will be a combined Funeral and Memorial Service for Miles on 1 May at St Joseph’s Church, Highgate Hill, London, followed by a reception at nearby Lauderdale House.