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Subject: Journalist Lord Deedes dies at 94

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/18/07 at 4:26 am

From BBC News Online:

Veteran journalist William "Bill" Deedes has died aged 94.

Lord Deedes was the only man to have edited a newspaper - the Telegraph - and to have been in the Cabinet.

He spent most of his life writing for national newspapers and became known as the "Grand Old Man of Fleet Street", writing his final column on 3 August.

He died at his home in Kent after a short illness and Gordon Brown said Britain owed a "huge debt of gratitude" for Lord Deedes' public service.

"He started writing as a professional journalist more than 76 years ago and few have served journalism and the British people for so long at such a high level of distinction and with such a popular following," the prime minister said.

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