Industry Pays Tribute To ‘Industry Giant’ Bob Satchwell

Tributes have been paid to former regional editor, Bob Satchwell who has died, aged 73. Bob was the editor of the Cambridge Evening News for 14 years before he co-founded the Society of Editors and served as a director there for 18 years.

David Newell, chief executive of the News Media Association, said: “Bob helped develop the Society of Editors into a great campaigning organisation with a voice which stands up for the public’s right to know and the integrity of journalism.

“He led by example and experience, showing commitment and courage, both as an editor and then as the Society of Editors’ director. He was a great person to work alongside over the last two or more decades.”

Bob began his career as a reporter for the Lancashire Evening Post in 1970 and went on to become assistant editor of the News of the World, before editing the Cambridge Evening News from 1984 to 1998.

Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors, paid tribute to a “true giant of the industry.”

He said: “I know I speak for the board and membership of the Society when I say we have lost one of the media’s greatest champions. The principles of a free press ran through his veins. 

“Bob was one life’s great communicators and this gift made him superbly able to fight his many battles on behalf of the press. From Leveson to the creation of IPSO, from threats to Freedom of Information, to the countless other attempts to stifle free speech, Bob was always there in the fight.

“On a personal level, I had known Bob from the days of the old Guild of Editors. It was his vision that saw the need for a truly national organisation to represent editorial standards and freedoms across the whole media spectrum.

“We all owe him a huge debt of gratitude.”

Bob’s family said in a statement: “As a family we are devastated to lose a true character who was a loving father, brother, husband, son, grandfather and friend.

“Throughout his life Bob has fought and won many battles but is now resting peacefully with his beloved wife Michele.  “

There will be a memorial service later this year to celebrate Bob’s life, further details to be confirmed.  Please respect the family’s privacy at this time, no flowers please but any messages of condolence would be gratefully received via”

The Society of Editors have opened a book of condolences on its website. Journalists wishing to submit an entry should do so here.