Ref NoOHP/102
TitleDonald Wintersgill
Date2 June 2003
Extent1 minidisc, 2 cds, 1 file, 12 AIFF files (1.34 GB)
Creator NameWintersgill; Donald (1934-2017); subeditor
DescriptionInterview with Donald Wintersgill, subeditor for the Guardian. Conducted by Leslie Plommer on 2 June 2003. Also includes a data sheet containing biographical details about the subject and information about the recording.

Summary contents of interview (with rough timings):

Disc 1:
Track 1
01.10 Position at the Glasgow Evening Times and postgraduate study in journalism in America
02.10 Hired to work in Manchester, after 18 months moved to London
02.20 Interview with Eric Knotts for sub-editors position
02.40 Old fashioned nature of Manchester office and practices
06.30 Misprints in paper
07.30 Employee pay compared to other newspapers
08.50 Decision to move to London

10.00 Dichotomy at the newspaper with foreign news desk based in Manchester and home news based in London
10.00 Diffculty filling role of foreign news desk editor
11.45 Remembers Terrence Pretty, diplomatic correspondent in Bonn
13.40 Alastair Hetherington views on Vietnam war
15.00 Hetherington as editor
19.30 Backbench duties

22.50 Obituary of Evelyn Waugh
23.30 Limited resources available to the newspaper
25.00 Sale room contributions to the newspaper and negotiating rate of pay

Track 2
00.00 Peter Preston's editorship from 1975
04.40 Unrelenting work of sub-editors and air of unhappiness
06.15 Hetherington's divorce
09.00 *

Track 3
00.00 Vacancy for Labour correspondent filled by John Torrode over Bernard Ingham
02.20 Torrode's move to Daily Mail
02.45 Discussion about memorable colleagues including Jean Stead
05.15 Staff leaving including Terry Coleman and Peter Cole
06.00 Difference in employment between London and Manchester offices
06.30 Remembers Victor Jorges
08.30 Position in Syndication department from 1973
08.30 Arrival of electronic transmission resulted in material being syndicated worldwide
09.50 Teaching of journalism abroad for the Thompson Foundation

10.10 Authorship of Guardian Book of Antiques
11.45 Discussion about current books being written
13.20 Scottish readership and lack of coverage of Scottish subjects
14.40 *
16.00 *
16.45 Tim Radford moved to Science Editorship whilst Richard Gott took over Literary Editorship
17.10 Resignation of Richard Gott

Track 4
00.00 Remembers Cricket tours and refers to Frank Keating and Derek Malcolm

Track 5
00.00 Advertisement of Sotheby's reduced following article by Wintersgill
01.10 Reaction by Preston
01.30 Sotheby's reaction of articles in other publications

Track 6
00.00 Printing press in Isle of Dogs
Access StatusOpen(part)
Access ConditionsRestricted - access to edited copy via GNM Digital Repository
FormatElectronic record
CD recording
Printed document
Minidisc recording
CopyrightGuardian News & Media Ltd and Donald Wintersgill

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