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BBC Radio Foyle leads tributes after death of journalist Jim Lindsay


Pivotal role: Jim Lindsay

Pivotal role: Jim Lindsay

Pivotal role: Jim Lindsay

The BBC has paid tribute to a former journalist who was instrumental in setting up Radio Foyle in Londonderry.

Jim Lindsay (75) died peacefully in Altnagelvin Area Hospital last Saturday following a long illness.

A journalist by trade, Mr Lindsay started his career in the Londonderry Sentinel in 1961 as a 16-year-old, and went on to work for the Derry Journal, Belfast Telegraph and BBC.

He played a pivotal role in the establishment of BBC Radio Foyle in his native city, where he filled a variety of roles including newsreader and station manager.

Larry Deeney, content editor at BBC Radio Foyle, said: "Everyone here owes a debt of gratitude to Jim Lindsay for the key role he played in putting BBC Radio Foyle at the heart of life in the north west. The station was fortunate in its infancy to have a talented journalist like Jim to nurture the principles to which we still adhere today.

"On behalf of everyone at Foyle, I would like to offer sincere condolences to his family and friends."

Mr Lindsay was also an integral part of the north west cricketing community for almost 30 years.

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Former Ireland and North West Cricket Union (NWCU) chairman Joe Doherty paid tribute, saying: "Jim Lindsay was a big part of my cricket life and I first remember him as a journalist with the Belfast Telegraph reporting on our games.

"Later, I came to know him better in his roles at Radio Foyle and it was always a pleasure to work with him, whether the topic was business, news or sport.

"I have lost a good friend, a loyal sidekick and north west cricket has, without doubt, lost one of its most outstanding and unassuming servants."

Mr Lindsay is survived by his wife Norma, children Laurie and Kathryn, daughter-in-law Helena, grandson Clarke, his brother Hugh and sister Valerie. His funeral will be held today in All Saints Clooney Church, followed by burial in Ballyoan Cemetery.

Belfast Telegraph

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