Former Times man gets due recognition

John Murdoch (left) receives his life membership certificate from NUJ Scottish organiser Paul Holleran
John Murdoch (left) receives his life membership certificate from NUJ Scottish organiser Paul Holleran

Motherwell man John Murdoch has been awarded life membership of a journalism organisation to honour his four decades in the industry.

He was presented with a commemorative certificate to mark 40 years’ membership of the National Union of Journalists by its Scottish organiser, Paul Holleran.

John, a former pupil of Dalziel High, began his journalism career with the Motherwell Times in 1971 and worked at the title for seven years rising to the rank of chief reporter.

The life membership award was presented at a dinner at Da Claudio restaurant in Brandon Street attended by dozens of current and former colleagues – including his great friend, former Times chief reporter Allan McIntyre, who gave a speech highlighting John’s career achievements.

John said: “I was delighted to receive life membership after 40 years in the NUJ, and it was made special by the friends and workmates past and present who attended the event.

“It’s a very challenging time for the newspaper industry, but I believe weekly newspapers still have a hugely important role to play in their respective communities.”

John moved on from the Times to work at a number of Scottish and Universal titles and is now Media Scotland’s regional editor for Lanarkshire and Lothian.

Also a keen motoring writer, he had three spells as president of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, most recently from 2010-2012.

Central Scotland list MSP Margaret Mitchell submitted a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating John.