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News at Ten founder dies aged 97

Geoffrey Cox
Sir Geoffrey began his career as a newspaper foreign correspondent

Sir Geoffrey Cox, the TV news editor who founded News at Ten, has died at the age of 97.

The New Zealander, who became ITN's second editor in 1956, launched the flagship bulletin - which recently returned to ITV - in 1967.

He arrived in TV after working as a newspaper foreign correspondent and a New Zealand diplomat based in the US.

ITN chief executive Mark Wood said the creation of News at Ten was "his greatest legacy".

"It was a classic example of his tremendous feel for the best way to engage the interest of millions of viewers in the day's events," he added.

Sir Geoffrey interrupted his newspaper career to serve in the New Zealand army in World War II, travelling to north Africa and the Mediterranean.

He finished the war as chief intelligence officer for General Freyberg, commander of Allied forces in Greece.

Later he became assistant editor of the News Chronicle and, after leaving ITN, he was deputy chairman of Yorkshire Television, and chairman of Tyne Tees Television and London radio station LBC.

Former ITN editor David Nicholas said he was "a pioneer in developing television news in Britain".

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