THE OWNER of the Yellow Advertiser has won a special award for his ’outstanding contribution to journalism’.
Sir Ray Tindle was commended with the Journalists’ Charity Award at the national Society of Editors Regional Press Awards.
Sir Ray, 91, was unable to attend the ceremony. YA editor Mick Ferris accepted the award on his behalf.
Sir Ray started his first newspaper on a troop ship to the Far East during his time in the army. He then spent his £300 demob money buying the Tooting and Balham Gazette.
He now owns more than 200 titles.
Jill Palmer told the awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square that Sir Ray was ’the founder and chairman of Britain’s biggest independently owned local newspaper group’.
She said: “The key word here is local and it is Sir Ray’s passion for local news that earns him the Journalists’ Charity special award.
“Often standing against the tide, Sir Ray – a strong believer in the future of print – has opened newspapers where others have closed them and rescued titles that were destined for extinction.
“He has supported the Journalists’ Charity for many years and he has achieved the ultimate accolade – the bar at the charity’s nursing home in Dorking is named after him in recognition of his generous contribution to the cost of building the home.”
Accepting the award, Mick Ferris said: “Anyone who has been fortunate enough to sit with Sir Ray at events such as this and been entertained by his stories and anecdotes will know that he really would have wanted to be here today. He would have been in his element. He takes great pride and enjoyment from being with his people and watching their achievements get recognised.
“Sir Ray remains passionate about the regional press and the role of local newspapers in communities they serve.
“He has asked me to pass on his thanks and best wishes to everyone concerned. He feels very honoured to be given this award, especially in Local Newspaper Week, and I’m proud to accept it on his behalf.”