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Documentary marking newspaper’s 200th birthday airs on TV

Marr ScotsmanA documentary marking the 200th birthday of a flagship daily newspaper aired on TV last night.

The BBC programme went behind the scenes at The Scotsman ahead of the anniversary next Wednesday.

Entitled ‘The Paper Thistle’, the film exploref the archives of the Johnston Press-owned newspaper in Edinburgh.

BBC broadcasters Andrew Marr, pictured above left, James Naughtie, Spectator editor Fraser Nelson and sports writer Hugh McIlvanney were among the distinguished former Scotsman journalists who took part in the programme.

As well as reliving their newsroom experiences, the film looked at the paper’s role reporting on the rise of new technology, making a stand for women’s rights, and documenting how journalistic reporting has evolved over the years.

The documentary also recalled the paper’s coverage of the sinking of the Titanic, the Dunblane shooting and the Lockerbie disaster.

Last night’s film was the first of a series of activities that will celebrate the anniversary, more details around which will be revealed shortly.

It aired at 9pm on BBC2 in Scotland.

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  • January 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Newspapers don’t have ‘birthdays’, for goodness sake.

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