A half-hour video depicting a day in the life of a regional daily in the early 90s has come to light after 26 years.
The documentary about the workings of the then Coventry Evening Telegraph was originally shot in 1991 for a local cable TV company.
It has now come to light after being posted on YouTube by Alan Denyer, who was given a VHS copy by one of the paper’s former print room staff.
Mr Denyer, who runs a property restoration company, is currently overseeing the creation of a pop-up gallery and art space at the newspaper’s former offices in Corporation Street, which are due to be turned into an hotel next year.
The film offers a snapshot of life in a newspaper office in the pre-internet age – and of how much the media world has changed since then.
Early in the film, narrator Stuart Linnell, who went on to become a well-known BBC broadcaster in the Midlands, says: “For most people buying a newspaper is part of the daily routine.”
Among the scenes depicted are crime reporter Sue Lary meeting with Detective Inspector Matt Sawers fom Coventry Police, who briefs her on that day’s crimes.
The big crime story of the day is a robbery at the Tandy store in Fairfax Street where three robbers went in as the store was closing, blindfolded and bound the sales assistants and stole money from the till.
And another segment focuses on sports editor Roger Draper and the paper’s coverage of Coventry City FC who were in the old First Division at the time.
There are even hints as to the indistry’s future direction, with the photographic department – then nine-strong – using the latest technology to turn a negative into a digital image.