Posted: February 16th, 2013
A former motoring correspondent at the Daily Record, Malcolm McDougall, has died aged 73.
And, says his successor at the paper, Bill Caven, “in an industry that was once blessed with characters, talent and humour, he was an extra- special colleague”.
Caven, now freelancing in Scotland, added: ” I know the word ‘legend’ is often used, but it absolutely applied in Malcolm’s case.
“He was such a one-off and had a fantastic circle of friends, among them some of the biggest names in motoring and business, such as Sir Jackie Stewart.”
Malcolm was at the Record for three decades, for some of the time also as the paper’s aviation correspondent. His career began as a copy boy at the Scottish Daily Express, with whom he then became a news reporter, and before moving to the Record he had a stint at the Scottish Daily Mail.
After he was among several specialists at the Record to be let go during the mid-1990s, he freelanced. Bill Caven recalled: “Even in his later years when most think about winding down, Malcolm was still revving up and raring to go.”
Malcolm is survived by his wife, Heather – property journalist on the Scottish Daily Express – and son, Malcolm.