Radio Clyde founder Lord Jimmy Gordon has died from coronavirus

Lord Jimmy Gordon of Strathblane, STV’s former political editor and the founder of Radio Clyde, has passed away from coronavirus aged 83.

Gordon worked as political editor for STV between 1965 and 1973, before moving on to help set up Radio Clyde.

Born in Maryhill, he studied at the University of Glasgow, worked as political editor for STV between 1965 and 1973, before helping to establish Radio Clyde as its managing director. He was a former member of the Scottish Development Agency and chairman of VisitScotland.

He remained as the Radio Clyde’s managing director until 1996 when he became chairman of Scottish Radio Holdings.


In 1997 he became a Labour life peer and took on the title Baron Gordon of Strathblane.

Gordon passed away on Tuesday at Glasgow Royal Infirmary after losing his battle with Covid-19.

A statement from his family paid tribute to “a much-loved brother and uncle” who took “great pleasure in spending time with his extended family”.

It said: “Family was very important to Jimmy – of all the roles he had in his life, the one that brought him most pleasure was being ‘Papa’ to his four grandchildren, with whom he was frankly besotted.

“All messages received over the last day have focused on three things – his generosity, his kindness and his enthusiasm for life.

“He was a kind and supportive father, always thinking the best of his children even when there was evidence to the contrary.”

It added: “Family came first, and although he never preached to us, he always had a profound wisdom to share if you asked for it.

“He never judged unfairly and was patient and tolerant of all kinds of foolishness. He had a great sense of humour and enjoyed food, wine and good company.

“Nothing made him happier than his grandchildren. He will be missed so much by us all.”

Earlier today it was announced that Glasgow-born comedian Eddie Large had died aged 78 after contracting COVID-19 while in hospital.