Death of ex-Black Country newspaper editor

John Clegg

John Clegg

The funeral of a “well-known and loved” editor who became production director at a family-owned newspaper publisher will take place at Stourbridge Crematorium on Thursday, 20 September at 2.50 pm.

Former Stourbridge County Express editor and editorial director John Clegg, who was also part of the launch team of the Birmingham Daily News, died at home, aged 64

During a career spanning five decades, he also served as production director for Observer Standard Newspapers and later Bullivant Media. He retired from Bullivant due to ill-health in 2012.

He began his career as a trainee reporter at the Smethwick News Telephone in the early 1970s, where he eventually became chief reporter, before moving to the Walsall Observer as sports editor. Later he became editor, then editorial director, of the Stourbridge County Express.

John moved into the production department with the advent of new technologies, which he pioneered as production director at the launch of the UKs first free daily newspaper the Birmingham Daily News in October 1984.

His son Brendan told media website Hold The Front Page:  “He was well-known and loved within the industry and was a real old-school newspaper man. He was also passionate about education and served on the governing bodies of a special school and a secondary school, before serving several terms of office as a member of the corporation at Halesowen College.”

John is survived by his wife, Pam Thomas, his three children and four grandchildren.