Film ID:
YFA 3522

THIRD CENTURY: THE STORY OF YORKSHIRE POST

1967-1970

Visitor Tabs

Description

This film covers the Yorkshire Post's move to the Wellington Street office. Produced by the Yorkshire Post Publicity Department, the film shows the different activities and range of stories across Yorkshire. It also examines the history of the Yorkshire Post and associated newspapers - Intelligencer and Mercury. The new office is under construction, and the viewer is given a tour of the new building including spaces, presses, automatic loadings, and van delivery.

The film opens with a plane taking off.

Title - Third Century - The story of the Yorkshire Post Newspapers

There are aerial shots of the Yorkshire rural and urban landscapes before the film begins to speak about the history of the Yorkshire Post newspaper which has been reporting news since 1754. At the annual Literary Luncheon, which began in 1961, there are well-dressed men and women seated at long tables. Many of the attendees are smoking while they listen to the guest speaker, who as the commentary notes, was selected for both his wit and wisdom.

Pieces of artwork show Leeds in the 18th century when it was still a market town. The Leeds Intelligencer was the forerunner to the Yorkshire Post and was started in 1754. Later, in 1866 the paper because a daily. Over footage taken inside a wool factory, the commentary explains the important part Yorkshire played in the Industrial Revolution. There is also footage taken inside a steel factory.

1890 saw the beginnings of the Yorkshire Evening Post. There is footage of a steam train pulling out of the station and miners coming out of the pit after a day's work. A reporter from the newspaper is speaking to one of the managers about the change in industry, and the commentary points out that reporters travel all over to get a detailed and accurate news story. These stories are then relayed back to the editorial offices at the newspaper offices. Many women are seated at typewriters transcribing the news which is relayed to them.

Following this is an exterior shot of the Albion Street offices. Behind this building are thirteen smaller buildings which are also part of the newspaper offices. The commentary explains that in 1923, the Yorkshire Post took over Leeds Mercury. There are more scenes of the editorial offices followed by shots of the printing rooms, and the commentary points out that office planning is very important in the running of a newspaper. While the current offices may be a part of a beautiful and historic building, the building layout is not most efficient in today's running of a newspaper.

Demolition work began in in 1967, and construction vehicles can be seen at the demolition site. Then in September, 1968, construction of the new Yorkshire Post building began. Workers can be seen pouring the first parts of the building's foundations. It will be more like the modern architecture found in the city, some of which is highlighted. It is also noted that there is still room for historic buildings, and a photographer and reporter speak with a woman at a stately home.

The Yorkshire Post does not just cover news items, but sports also play an important part in the publication of the newspaper. Sports reporters can be seen in the reporter's box at a cricket match (possibly at Headingley,) and following this is a brief scene of a football match filmed from ground level (possibly at Elland Road.)

Early 1969 and the foundations have been completed at the Wellington Street offices, and 107 foot steel beams are being delivered. At the time, they were the largest steel beams made, and construction workers can be seen performing different tasks at the building site.

The film notes that the Yorkshire Post has many branch offices in the region and elsewhere, and more than just news is printed in its pages. Travel, fashion, TV programme guides, and puzzles are also included. Additionally, along with the Flowers for Leeds Committee, the Yorkshire Post sponsors the annual event. This year's winners are being presented with a trophy in their back garden.

Summer 1969 and the first part of the building has been completed. It is now time for the new, state of the art, printing presses to be installed. They are set up for a test run. Smoothly running presses are important as the paper must print on average 60,000 copies per hour.

September, 1970 and the transfer between buildings is complete. Within 18 hours, all vital machinery was transferred over without disruption any printing or distribution. Without skipping a beat, a reporter is currently interviewing a witness at a crime scene. He runs to a phone box to relay the story to the editorial offices at the new building. The copytakers are ready and waiting at their typewriters.

Following this, the film highlights the different parts of the new facilities. These include the new editorial hall, and the open-plan marketing department. There is an emphasis on spaciousness within the new building. The classified adverts department is the fastest growing with 40 female secretaries fielding 2000 calls per day. New machinery and equipment have also been installed throughout the offices. Some highlights include computerized typeset and automatic typecasters. All lines are still laid by hand. The film then shows many parts of the printing process including the plate castings being made and set up, photo printing and flexible plates for the press, proof reading offices, auto counters and packaging. It is noted that the Yorkshire Post uses 15,000 tons of paper a year to produce its newspapers.

In the loading bays, a man loads up his van to distribute the newspapers. The van drives along the motorway, and other delivery men are also seen. As the film comes to a close, the commentary notes how far the newspaper has come as it makes its way into its third century.

Title - Third Century
Produced by Yorkshire Television in conjunction with the publicity department Yorkshire Post Newspapers Ltd.