MICHAEL (J. D. M.) HIDES, KES 1936-43

Editor of the Morning Telegraph from December 1969 until retiring at the age of 57 owing to ill-health in late June 1983, Michael Hides took over from Michael Finley after a spell as assistant editor from January 1968 and deputy editor from January 1969. A Sheffield man, he was educated at the King Edward VII School, and started in journalism on a weekly newspaper in Lancashire in 1943. He was with the Daily Telegraph as a sub-editor, then the Manchester Guardian as a sub-editor for ten years and as chief sub-editor from 1963 to 1968 following the change of title to The Guardian and the switch to London. During that phase he was seconded as editorial consultant for the International Press Institute and worked in India and Thailand, and he produced A Sub-Editor’s Handbook, which became a standard work of reference for Indian journalists. JDM was very fond of travelling, and wrote travel pieces under the name of John Dee. His wife, Margaret, also became a travel writer and she built an international reputation in this role. From around 1960 JDM, who was known and admired as a compassionate man with a gentle disposition, sported a beard, but at the end of 1981 he emerged clean-shaven – and for weeks he often went unrecognised by colleagues as he walked about the city. In retirement he lived in Canterbury, and he died there in October 2001 at the age of 75. [Sheffield Telegraph Obit, courtesy of Keith Farnsworth]

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