The dogmatically honest Northern Irish journalist John Cole dies

Sad news that the BBC’s former chief reporter John Cole has died after a long illness. A fine decent and fiercely honest man, he once issued an internal paper as a counterblast to his pugnacious editor in chief at the Observer Conor Cruise O’Brien called ‘In praise of honest dealing’. Not long after he had a blazing row with the paper’s new owner Tiny Rowland when Cole gave evidence against him at the Monopolies Commission.

Personally, I always admired the way he never lost a single syllable of his accent despite spending most of his working life in the midst of the British establishment in London. He has been much missed ever since his retirement…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty