Ref NoOHP/73
TitlePat Roffey
Date8 October 2001
Extent1 minidisc, 1 cd, 1 file, 2 AIFF files (511.2 MB)
Creator NameRoffey; Pat; secretary
DescriptionInterview with Pat Roffey, secretary for the Observer. Conducted by Stephen Pritchard on 8 October 2001. 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

Track 2
00.10 Joined Observer at 160 Queen Victoria Street, London which moved to 8 St Andrew's Hilll, London
02.40 The business department
02.55 John Lewis' (city editor) secretary
03.11 Queen Victoria Street had small offices - 8 St Andrew's Hill was much more open plan
03.50 Size of business section
04.50 Sir James Goldsmith coming for lunch
05.30 Sir Marcus Sieff dinner
07.00 Incident where John Lewis continued typing under an umbrella with a leak overhead
09.50 Moved to sport - Peter Grogan became sports editor

15.50 After maternity leave returned as copy-taker
16.50 There was a dog and a parrot in the office
17.50 Copy-takers and new technology
18.50 Briefly describes the work - typing as quickly as possible then sent round the corner to be set

21.20 Anecdote about taking copy from Tegucigalpa (Honduras)
22.00 Later taking copy from mobile phone
22.14 Tension when reporters have deadlines
23.30 Incident where Hugh McIlvanney's notes blew away
24.40 The 'Cyclops' column
25.40 Discusses other copy-takers
29.00 No training on word processors. Used 4 different systems over a short period

31.00 Went over to the Press Association copy-takers system at Wetherby, Leeds
32.50 Hot-desking career
38.20 Hopes for the future

43.20 Robert Wagner coming to speak about a Titanic film
44.15 Prince Charles visiting the building
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsAccess to recording via GNM Digital Repository
FormatElectronic record
CD recording
Printed document
Minidisc recording
CopyrightGuardian News & Media Ltd and Pat Roffey

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