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Bill Jamieson, financial journalist, dies, aged 75

Bill Jamieson, a stalwart of financial journalism and an influential voice in Scotland’s economy, has died. He was 75 and had continued working.

He was executive editor of The Scotsman for 12 years, regularly writing about finance, economics, politics and current affairs.

He was also the economics columnist for sister title Scotland on Sunday and prior to that was economics editor of The Sunday Telegraph for seven years.

He was a regular contributor to the Spectator Business magazine and City AM and also spoke on economics affairs on radio and television.

In 2009 he won both Business Journalist of the Year and Journalist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards. He collected Campaign of the Year Award for The Scotsman for its series of articles on the Lloyds-HBOS merger.  

In September members of theAssociation of Investment Companies (AIC) recognised him as among the journalists who have best educated private investors and financial advisers about investment companies

His books on economics and politics include An Illustrated Guide to the British Economy and Scotland’s Ten Tomorrows.

After stepping down from his full-time duties at The Scotsman he established Scott-Buzz, a news website which ran for four years.

Tributes to Mr Jamieson were paid on Twitter. John McLellan, former editor of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, said: “So desperately sad to hear about the passing of Bill Jamieson, a true great of @TheScotsman and Scottish journalism with whom it was a joy to work every single day of my time there.”

Ross Martin, former CEO at SCDI, said: “That’s really sad news, big Bill filled a part of the political spectrum which deserves a voice – and he gave it his booming tones! We’ve lost a lovely ingredient to our #politicalmix.”

Mr Jamieson’s death from cancer follows the recent passing of Kevin McCarra, former football writer at Scotland on Sunday and The Guardian.

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Bill Jamieson: an appreciation


One Comment to Bill Jamieson, financial journalist, dies, aged 75

  1. Lovely man. Brilliant journalist. We had many chats about business and politics over the years. He had tremendous insight. I always reckoned Bill and Alf Young were the giants of Scottish business journalism.

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