An independently-owned local daily struck a blow for same-day printing after getting an 11am election recount in today’s edition.
The Oldham Evening Chronicle went to the wire in its determination to carry the result of the second recount in Oldham East and Saddleworth, where immigration minister Phil Woolas was defending the seat for Labour.
“We sent the paper without the result at 10am and were ready to print on time at 10.30am,” explained editor David Whaley.
“We then got two new fronts and two page threes done with the result going either way and waited for the numbers.. and waited.. and waited.
“When it got to 10.45 - we had been given 15 minutes in the hope the result would come through - the presses had to start but for the first time in my life I was glad to hear they were having web problems and by the time they were sorted we had the result and the pages on the way.
“They held another five minutes and got them on the complete run.”
Added Dave: “We are a small team but it just shows what you can do when you have class operators and enthusiasm.”
In the end, the second recount saw Mr Woolas survive by 103 votes.
Alan Salter (10/05/2010 10:49:28)
Remember when this sort of thing was commonplace?
And then remember how new technology was supposed to free us all from the shackles of hot metal!