Film ID:
YFA 2882

THIRD CENTURY: THE STORY OF YORKSHIRE POST NEWSPAPERS

1970

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Description

This film was made by Yorkshire Television as a promotion on behalf of the Yorkshire Post. The commentary gives a history of the newspaper, and an outline of the various editions and coverage of the newspaper group. It also shows in detail the move into new premises in 1970 and the new machinery and processes that were introduced at that time.

The film begins with two men walking to a small aircraft about to take off, one carrying cameras.

Title - Third Century: The story of Yorkshire Post Newspapers

The light airplane flies over Yorkshire, filming the countryside and cityscapes. The film then switches to the Yorkshire Post Literary Luncheon, with a guest speaker. A commentary outlines the history of the newspaper. The paper was started out as the Leeds Intelligencer by Rupert Wright, from a small shop in Briggate - showing the front page of the 1st edition from 2nd July 1754. In 1866 Yorkshire Conservative Newspaper Co was formed, becoming the Yorkshire Post and going daily - showing the 1st edition, again on 2nd July. Later the Yorkshire evening post was launched.

The film then looks in general at the industry of Yorkshire, showing a mill loom and processes related to steel. A shunter couples up a wagon using a shunting pole. And Miners are shown leaving their shifts, with a short interview with a manager. Then onto the docks where timber is being unloaded, emphasising the first-hand knowledge of the reporters.

The film moves to the Albion Street offices before closing in 1970. A line of secretaries are audio typing, and sub-editors are at work in the editing office. A young woman takes copy from one place in the building to another. The commentary states that building is now too cramped for a modern day paper. The film shows some of the operations of printing, including the type setting machine. A woman comes through the machine room with a tea trolley.

It then moves on to show the demolition on the site of the new building, beginning in 1967; and then the beginning of construction of the new building in September 1968. Examples are given to show the different kinds of news they cover, such as historic buildings, cricket at Headingley and football, possibly Bradford. Again the print works are shown in operation. This is followed by work on construction of the new site, including the delivery of the steel beams. Journalists are shown reporting in other parts of the country. Then the papers are shown being loaded onto the vans.

The next scene explains how the Yorkshire Post does more than just focus on news. For instance, it is on the committee for the Flowers for Leeds Competition. The winners are presented with the cup.

In the summer of 1969 the new building is complete, with the arrival of the new printing presses, which are shown being tested. The transfer took place over a single weekend in September 1970, without missing a single edition. An example of on-the-spot reporting is shown with an interview with a police officer about a shooting of a warehouseman and policeman, with a large police search in Pudsey. The film then shows the new large editing hall, marketing room and the reception space. Then on to the classified advertising room, with the 40 tele ad. receptionists. There are teleprinting machines bringing news from around the world, and this is typed and sent by conveyor belts. The copy is sent to the production floor. Some of the old Linotype machines are still at work, but this is changing to computerised typesetting; which is explained and shown in operation. There are also automatic type casters, although the lines of type are still made by hand. A facsimile of the page from paper Mache is shown being made and transferred to make a plate cast. As the new plate casts come out the old ones go back to be re-melted for further use. The Fototronic 1200 is seen at work. Once the page is complete it is photographed and these are made into plates. The finished paper is proof read. The commentary provides statistics on the numbers of papers that are printed and on the materials used. The papers are counted automatically and made into batches. These are automatically stacked and tied. They are loaded onto the vans. These are then shown being distributed across Yorkshire. The film ends with the words "We've come a long way."

Produced by Yorkshire Television in conjunction with the Publicity Department Yorkshire Post Newspapers Ltd.