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Former Belfast Telegraph MD David Snedden 'who had true feel for newspapers' dies at 84


A former managing director of the Belfast Telegraph, David Snedden, has died at the age of 84.

Mr Snedden, a native of Scotland, became managing director of the newspaper in the early 1970s when it was owned by the Thomson Regional Newspaper (TRN) group.

An accountant by profession, he headed up the newspaper for several years before returning to TRN where he became joint managing director of the group which ran a large number of daily and weekly newspapers.

Roy Lilley, former editor of the Belfast Telegraph who worked with Mr Snedden, described him as "meticulous in everything he did".

He added: "Mr Snedden had a great interest in the civic life of Northern Ireland during his time here. He was a man who the many people who had the privilege of working with him in Northern Ireland will regret to hear of his passing."

Mr Lilley said that Mr Snedden always looked for value in the businesses he was associated with, but also knew that a successful newspaper could not be run simply by looking at the bottom line return.

"He had a feel for newspapers and an appreciation of their importance and how they should be run."

Many years after leaving Northern Ireland, Mr Snedden was again associated with the Belfast Telegraph when it was sold as part of a package of 51 titles to Trinity International for £328m in 1995.

At the time he was chairman of Trinity International which later evolved into Trinity Mirror when it bought the Daily Mirror titles.

In his later years, Mr Snedden went to live in the village of Boat of Garten in the Scottish Highlands.

He was a keen hillwalker as well as an avid fly fisherman and golfer.

Mr Snedden, whose funeral will take place on Friday, had suffered from Parkinson's Disease.

He is survived by his wife Jane and sons Keith and Stuart from his first marriage.

His first wife Jean predeceased him.

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