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Derek Masterton

Posted: November 15th, 2020

DEREK MASTERTON, one of the best-liked of Scottish journalists, died on November 14 [2020], aged 66.

Derek spent 30 years on the Daily Record before being made compulsorily redundant, and was battling cancer when he succumbed to Covid-19.

Beginning his journalistic career on the Irvine Times, Derek became Ayrshire district reporter for the Record, then moved to the head office in Glasgow as a reporter. His later years on the Record were as assistant news editor. He was also an active NUJ chapel official.

He was involved in many of the paper’s major stories and investigations until he joined the News Desk in 1996 – a top news executive who moved easily from being an on-the-road reporter to being part of the Desk team.

After he left the Record he became a communications manager for the Red Cross in Scotland. On the personal front he later campaigned to help raise awareness of mental health, and was a staunch defender of tabloid journalists. An imposing figure at over six feet tall and with red hair,  he was willing to take a stand when he believed in an issue.

A typical tribute from a colleague said: “A gentle giant and a top writer. This is just awful. The world is indeed a poorer place without big Derek.”

AMP committee member Malcolm Speed said: “Derek’s death is very sad news. He was a top reporter and a hugely reliable operator. No story was beyond his ability. Condolences to his wife Nanette and all of the family.”

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