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We remember Val McCalla, founder of 'The Voice'


'THE VOICE', Britain's only black-owned national newspaper to stand the test of time was set-up by former accountant Val McCalla in 1982 and launched at the Notting Hill Carnival that same year. In preparation for our 35th birthday on August 27, we look back with fondness at the legacy of McCalla; who died on this day, August 22, in 2002 of liver failure.


1. McCalla was born in 1943 in Kingston, Jamaica

2. McCalla was named number 68 in the 1997 '100 Great Britons' list

3. McCalla had a stint in the RAF before his Voice days

4. McCalla was described by the BBC described him as, "A shy but driven man who shunned personal publicity"

5. McCalla launched a number of other publications including magazines BlackBeat and Chic which are no longer around, as well as monthly women's glossy, Pride, which is still thriving

6. McCalla spent his retirement in East Sussex, where he bemoaned the constant police harassment he received when out driving his Mercedes

7. McCalla launched another newspaper, this time a broadsheet, The Weekly Journal in the 1990s, which had a short shelf life

8. McCalla began The Voice after working at a local paper, The East End News

9. McCalla was loaned start-up funds by the Greater London Council (GLC) to begin The Voice

10. McCalla considered Voice alumnus Brenda Emmanus 'his daughter'.

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