Willie Kealy: Much-loved leader who inspired loyalty in all his staff
AENGUS Fanning was the most successful editor in the history of Irish newspapers. He brought an intelligence and wealth of experience to the Sunday newspaper market in the early 1980s that had the effect of profoundly changing the Irish media.
The mix of campaigning journalism and informative and entertaining reporting in the 'Sunday Independent' brought a new energy and set a standard that endures. Aengus Fanning was the pre-eminent newspaper man of his generation.
He encompassed every important aspect of newspaper production, as aware of the need for good-quality paper and printing and proper marketing as he was of the need for quality words and pictures.