Friday, 25 March 2016

What the Papers Say

One of the last vestiges of 1950s commercial television disappears this Sunday as What the Papers Say, residing on Radio 4 for the last six years, publishes its last edition.

For 52 years the Granada TV produced review of the week's press ran on ITV (1956-1982), Channel 4 (1982-89) and finally BBC2 (1990-2008). In March 2010 it was brought back from the dead for a special election run on Radio 4 as What the Election Papers Say, reverting to its original title from 16 May 2010.

On its move to the BBC in 1990 there was a fascinating look at the programme's past linked by the then producer Brian Armstrong. Thanks to Transdiffusion for this upload.

From my own archive comes this edition from 26 May 1990 with Mark Lawson of The Independent. The readers are Delia Corrie, David Mahlowe and Peter Wheeler.   

And here is that final radio edition of What the Papers Say, written and presented by Kevin Maguire of the Daily Mirror. The readers are  Colleen Prendergast, Graham Seed, Steve Critchelow and Rachel Atkins.

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