Former Campaign editor and JWT press chief Barker dies

LONDON - Christine Barker, who edited Campaign between 1985 and 1989, has died aged 52. Her death at her home in Richmond, Surrey on Friday evening followed a battle with cancer, which was diagnosed earlier this year.

Barker was head of corporate communications at JWT and had just been appointed to take over a senior communications role at JWT's WPP parent when she fell ill.

Starting out as a newspaper reporter in her native Australia, Barker sustained her reputation as a tenacious news gatherer when she joined Campaign.

Bernard Barnett, a former Campaign editor, said: "As a reporter, she had the Australian terrier instinct and never let up on a story until she was satisfied she'd covered every angle. When she was editor, she presided over the newsiest content in Campaign's history. As a person, she was simply lovely.

After quitting Campaign, Barker spent a period as the advertising columnist of London's Evening Standard.

Barker is survived by her husband, the former agency boss Mike Townsin, and their son and daughter.

Campaign will be publishing a tribute to Barker this week. Please email your memories of her to john.tylee@haynet.com.

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