Ref NoOHP/78
TitleMartin Scott
Date29 August 2002
Extent1 minidisc, 1 cd, 1 file, 6 AIFF files (579.4 MB)
Creator NameScott; Martin (1941-); Scott trustee and production manager
DescriptionInterview with Martin Scott, Scott trustee and production manager for the Guardian. Conducted by Leslie Plommer on 29 August 2002. 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
01.45 Childhood and his early awareness of connections with the Guardian
03.17 His father's (Laurence Scott) working hours
03.17 What his father was like in the family and their holidays together
08.26 How he started his career at the Manchester Guardian
08.26 Involvement in labour relations, daily negotiations with the unions
08.40 Technological change and approx 25% reduction of labour costs

10.40 Scene and atmosphere of union negotiations and people's moods
10.40 Aiming to get the best cooperation from the unions.

Track 3
02.40 Views on 1966 and deterioration of the financial situation of the Guardian
03.53 Father's battle with the Trust and his removal from executive position
04.55 The rank-and-file's awareness of the financial crisis
05.55 Talks and attempts to find ways to cut labour costs with the unions
05.55 Eventually settled on 20% cut with the chapels
08.50 Production problem of over-manning and no incentive to bring in new technology

Track 4
01.47 Production manager of the Guardian
01.47 Recalls waiting for [Neil] Armstrong to put his foot on the moon
03.54 3 Cross Street, Manchester to 164 Deansgate, Manchester
03.45 Poor printing conditions in Deansgate and showing VIP around the machine rooms
05.35 Stories of running pre-print colour through all editions in Manchester in 1970
06.00 Anecdotes about the machine rooms and production in Cross Street and Deansgate

16.06 Editors' stories about editorial deadlines in those days
16.57 Peter Preston's latter days as editor

20.57 Productivity deal with the union chapels and attempt to standardise the pay rates in the late 1960s
21.00 Negotiations and tensions with the unions and securing the agreement he wanted.

Track 5
01.20 Pubs and drinking in Cross Street and Deansgate
03.25 Moved into circulation department at Manchester Evening News
04.20 Advantages and disadvantages of being in a family central to the paper
06.10 Subject-matter covered over the years - labour relations and marketing

Track 6
02.50 Became a trustee [Scott Trust] in 1989
03.30 Conduct of meetings and Hugo Young
05.04 High proportion of executives on the Trust
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsAccess to recording via GNM Digital Repository
FormatElectronic record
CD recording
Printed document
Minidisc recording
CopyrightGuardian News & Media Ltd and Martin Scott

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