Radio Clyde founder Lord Gordon dies from coronavirus

Lord Jimmy Gordon has passed away aged 83 from coronavirus.

Radio Clyde founder Lord Gordon dies from coronavirus St Aloysius' College

Lord Jimmy Gordon, STV’s former political editor and Radio Clyde’s founder, has passed away from coronavirus aged 83.

Gordon worked as political editor for STV between 1965 and 1973, before moving on to help set up Radio Clyde.

He remained as the station’s managing director until 1996 when he became chairman of what had grown into Scottish Radio Holdings.

During this period he received a CBE for his services to Broadcasting and Public Life.

In 1997 he became a Labour life peer and took on the title Baron Gordon of Strathblane.

He was also a non-executive director of several listed companies, and a member of BP’s Scottish Advisory Board 1990-2003.

Gordon passed away on Tuesday at Glasgow Royal Infirmary after losing his battle with Covid-19.

A statement from his family paid tribute to “a much-loved brother and uncle” who took “great pleasure in spending time with his extended family”.

It said: “Family was very important to Jimmy – of all the roles he had in his life, the one that brought him most pleasure was being ‘Papa’ to his four grandchildren, with whom he was frankly besotted.

“All messages received over the last day have focused on three things – his generosity, his kindness and his enthusiasm for life.

“He was a kind and supportive father, always thinking the best of his children even when there was evidence to the contrary.”

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