Britain’s biggest selling regional daily was the first print publication to carry the news of the Leveson Report yesterday.
While the release of the report brought few time pressures for most newspapers, for whom active afternoon deadlines are a thing of the past, for the Express & Star, it literally was a case of “hold the front page.”
The deadline for the Midland paper’s City Final edition is 1.30pm – the exact time the report was being revealed to the world.
Political editor Daniel Wainwright, who was in the QEII conference centre in London for the embargoed press briefing, filed his copy right on deadline with the story rushed on to a front page that had been largely cleared for the report.
It meant the E&S was the first newspaper in the country to report on the findings of a report that could potentially impact on the whole industry.
The newspaper, which had also put together a two-page special report on the Inquiry together with a fresh leader page comment, was being printed within minutes of the report’s release.
Editor Adrian Faber said: “It was great piece of traditional journalism. Our team had got themselves prepared, the copy came across on the dot and everyone worked together to make sure our coverage was clear, informative and interesting to the reader.
“We were the first newspaper in Britain to be on the streets with the story and that is something we can be proud of.”