Deadline: The Story of the Scottish Press

Deadline: The Story of the Scottish Press

by Harry Reid
     
 

The newspaper business is an adrenaline rush from start to finish. Scotland has its own media environment, a journalistic village where everyone knows each other and is engaged in an exuberant battle that has been raging for over half a century.

Deadline: A History of the Scottish Press covers the scoops, the rivalries, the larger-than-life characters,

Overview


The newspaper business is an adrenaline rush from start to finish. Scotland has its own media environment, a journalistic village where everyone knows each other and is engaged in an exuberant battle that has been raging for over half a century.

Deadline: A History of the Scottish Press covers the scoops, the rivalries, the larger-than-life characters, politics, religion, sport, and much much more. It reveals the story behind the stories.

Editorial Reviews

The Oldie - Tam Dalyell

'Readers from the South, no less than from the North, will be fascinated by the media frenzy regarding the voting rights of Scottish MPs on purely English matters, which reverberates through British politics today. Reid's analysis will be a future quarry for those who wonder how on earth Scotland could be on the brink of divorce from the UK.'
The Herald - Rosemary Goring

'...a superbly written, engaging and sometimes hilarious memoir of the profession.’
The Scotsman - Claire Smith

‘Reid’s account is fascinating, unashamedly nostalgic and full of mischief, madness and militancy’.
Sunday Herald

‘Written with verve and spirit, this is a fascinating account of an important subject.’
The Scotsman - Book Worm

‘Deadline, Harry Reid’s history of the Scottish press, is not only an enlightening read on the subject but it’s a fund of hilarious anecdotes too.’
Prof. Tom Devine

'A must-read for understanding the Scottish press – Harry Reid tells the story, warts and all, with panache, rare insight and authority.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780715208366
Publisher:
Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Publication date:
10/17/2006
Pages:
224

Read an Excerpt


Tabloid reporters in particular had to develop a variety of crafty techniques to get people to talk ... Of course, mishaps, even disasters, could happen ... John McGurk remembers: 'It was a bit like being a salesman. You knock on the door of the local WRVS, the local old folk's club and local ministers. I went to this minister, and I was trying to get a story, and on his sideboard there's a picture of Ken Dodd, who was a pretty popular comedian at the time. To try and break the ice, I say: "Ken Dodd, is that someone you know?" And he looked at me and looked at the picture, looked back at me and said, "That's a photograph of my wife".

Meet the Author


Harry Reid is a former editor of The Herald. He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow for his services to journalism and is a life vice-president of the journalists’ charity, the Newspaper Press Fund.

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