Akass was born in Bedford, England and educated at Bedford Modern School. At the age of 15 Akass joined the London office of the Glasgow Herald as a teaboy. He worked as a reporter on a local newspaper in Lincolnshire before joining the Daily Herald in Manchester where he was responsible for the coverage of the Munich air disaster which claimed eight players of the Manchester United football team in 1958. He soon moved to the London offices of the Daily Herald where he worked alongside Dennis Potter.
Akass stayed with The Sun, as the Daily Herald became, and continued with the paper when it was acquired by Rupert Murdoch in 1969 and underwent its transformation into a tabloid. Now a columnist, he joined the staff of Sir James Goldsmith's NOW! in 1981, two days before Goldsmith closed the magazine. He returned to his previous post, but was a columnist of the Daily Express in his last years. He was a personal friend of Michael Parkinson.
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