'Air Miles' Alex dined with Bertie
Published 15/03/2011 | 05:00
Alex Marunchak became Irish editor of the 'News of the World' in 1996, holding the position for 10 years.
He was a rising star at the headquarters of the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper in Wapping, London, when he was parachuted in to look after its Dublin and Belfast operations.
Irish colleagues quickly gave him the nickname 'Air Miles' as, in an unusual arrangement for the editor of a national newspaper, he never actually settled in Ireland. Instead he preferred to commute from London to Dublin for a few days each week.
When he was in Dublin, he gained a reputation for wining and dining politicians, including then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
His departure from News International in 2006, after 25 years with the company, was considered sudden and unexpected.