Ref NoOHP/61
TitleSir David Nicholas
Date17 December 2001
Extent1 minidisc, 1 cd, 1 file, 6 AIFF files (235.3 MB)
Creator NameNicholas; Sir; David (1930-); knight, editor and chief executive
DescriptionInterview with Sir David Nicholas, sub-editor for the Observer. Conducted by Mark Seacombe on 17 December 2001. Also includes a data sheet containing biographical details about the subject and information about the recording.

Tracks 1-5

Track 6

00.55 Joined Observer in 1955
01.08 How he came to join the Observer
01.15 Started career in Yorkshire at the Yorkshire Post
01.25 Joined Daily Telegraph in 1957
01.45 Those employed on daily newspapers also often worked on weekend newspapers
01.50 In touch with Ken Obank from the Observer whilst at Yorkshire Post
02.10 Became a temporary subeditor for the Observer
02.20 Considered the Observer a bible whilst student
02.45 Remembers first day at Observer
03.12 First edition of newspaper would come off the press at 5pm
03.30 Staff would gather in the editors office for a glass of sherry
04.40 Times newspaper building used for printing Observer
05.30 Remembers incident when the front page story was lost during printing, later found in men’s toilets
07.20 Remembers Cuban missile crisis whilst at Observer
09.35 Quality of people working at Observer
09.55 Remembers Peter Jenkins who later became a Guardian columnist

10.20 First colour supplements launched in late 1950s
11.10 He thought the Observer looked down on colour supplements initially
12.40 Began work at Independent Television News (ITN)
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsAccess to recording on via GNM Digital Repository
FormatElectronic record
CD recording
Printed document
Minidisc recording
CopyrightGuardian News & Media Ltd and Sir David Nicholas

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