Ref NoOHP/72
TitleJohn Rodda
Date23 November 2001
Extent2 minidiscs, 3 cds, 1 file, 15 AIFF files (1.78 GB)
Creator NameRodda; John Clinton (1930-2009); sports journalist
DescriptionInterview with John Rodda, sports journalist for the Guardian. Conducted by Adam Sills on 23 November 2001. Also includes a data sheet containing biographical details about the subject and information about the recording and handwritten notes.

Summary contents of interview (with rough timings):

Disc 1:
Track 1
00.00 First contributed to the Guardian in November 1952. Retired in November 1995 but still contributes occasionally

Track 2

Track 3
00.00 How he started at the Guardian, his first job at a football match
02.18 Encouraged by Larry Montague to write about athletics
02.58 Started an athletics column

12.30 Covering the 1960 Rome Olympics
18.40 Guardian starts printing in London

20.45 USSR vs. USA athletics meeting - world record broken
24.19 Guardian move to Farringdon road, London
25.10 Guardian begin to cover boxing

31.01 Detroit bid for Olympics
32.38 Mexico students shootout with the military

49.00 At Munich Olympics. Rodda appears on the front of the Daily Express after being mistaken for an athlete

Track 4

Track 5
00.05 Terrorists at the Munich Olympics

Track 6
02.25 Later years of the paper
05.55 Alan Rusbridger and advertising articles in the paper

10.30 Loyalty and commitment to the Guardian
11.00 Away from home over 150 days a year

Track 7
00.10 Loyalty to the Guardian
00.33 Continuity in sports reporting
01.20 Suspicions surrounding athletes drug taking
01.48 *
02.49 Qualities of the Guardian
03.50 Changes in sports reporting

Disc 2:
Track 1
01.45 Later years at the Guardian
02.10 Libel actions taken against him
04.22 Libel case involving Dickie Jeeps, English rugby player
08.34 Part of committee to fund 1988 Olympics with Sebastian Coe

10.17 Meeting the government minister for sport
12.18 Sebastian Coe being left out out of the 1988 Olympics
14.00 Documentary on Olympic bids
15.16 Beijing Olympic bid
18.12 Remembers Christopher Ford from the Times
Access StatusOpen(part)
Access ConditionsRestricted - Access to edit copy via GNM Digital Repository
FormatElectronic record
CD recording
Printed document
Minidisc recording
CopyrightGuardian News & Media Ltd and John Rodda

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