Former chief editor of Reuters

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

David Chipp, 81, former chief editor of Britain’s Press Assn. and of Reuters news service, apparently died in his sleep Tuesday night at his London home, his family said.

Chipp was Reuters’ first resident correspondent in Beijing after the Communist takeover and became the agency’s editor in 1968.

In 1969, he was appointed editor in chief of the Press Assn., a British news agency. He retired in 1986.

“Journalism should be fun, and if we don’t find it so, we might as well be bank clerks,” Chipp said at his first editorial conference at the Press Assn.

Chipp joined Reuters as a sports reporter in 1950, was transferred to southeast Asia in 1953 and was appointed correspondent in Beijing in 1956.