Ref NoOHP/85
TitleMike Smith
Date20 March 1998
Extent1 audio tape, 1 cd, 1 file, 1 AIFF file (529.9 MB)
Creator NameSmith; Michael J; production director
DescriptionInterview with Mike Smith, production director for the Guardian. Conducted by Leslie Plommer on 20 March 1998. 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
00.00 First edition of Manchester Evening News and phones production
06.30 Apprentice at MGEN 1955, in the process department. Blocks of photographs for printing
07.40 Father of Chapel for 4 years
08.20 Printing in Manchester and London
09.10 Becoming assistant production manager
09.40 The move to 164 Deansgate, Manchester

10.30 Introduction of facsimile system
12.20 Move to Trafford Park printers, Manchester
13.00 Process of putting photographs into the paper
13.00 Changes over the years and introduction of computerisation
18.30 More on the impact of computers - 'total revolution'

20.00 Chemical processes
24.45 More on becoming father of the chapel
25.45 The move to London and union problems
27.10 Facsimile operation - problem proofing copy in London
29.30 ATEX system introduced and the last 'hot metal' page produced in Manchester

33.00 Redundancies around time of move to Trafford Park
35.40 Qualities of the Guardian
38.00 Alastair Hetherington
38.20 Charles Markwick, chief engineer 'held in some awe'; Frank Ware
39.55 Describes layout of 3 Cross Street, Manchester in the 1950s/60s
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsAccess to recording via GNM Digital Repository
FormatElectronic record
CD recording
Printed document
Tape recording
CopyrightGuardian News & Media Ltd and Mike Smith

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