Under the heading Brum Mail rushes out terror plot special, the Press Gazette this afternoon posted a story with this intro:
The Birmingham Mail showed the advantages of publishing on the day editions as news broke this morning of the terrorist plot to explode up to ten planes leaving British airports.
That, surely, is what evening papers do. If they don’t what purpose do they have?
I fear this story tells us more about the way Trinity Mirror runs its newspaper than an achievement by an evening newspaper. Perhaps the Mail’s editor, Steve Dyson, is concerned that his paper faces the fate of the Evening Telegraph in neighbouring Coventry which is to switch to morning publication. Like the Mail it is owned by Trinity Mirror.
This would explain why he felt the need to tell the Press Gazette:
The team responded brilliantly to this breaking news story. That’s what our team is great at; responding quickly to fast breaking news stories and they proved it again this time.
It would be worrying if any editorial team could not respond pretty well to a big breaking news story.
Wondering what the Coventry Evening Telegraph had made today’s big story — Birmingham airport is on the Coventry side of the city — I looked at the icCoventry website.
The Telegraph’s top story was Horror smash biker sent to detention. The copy did not say when the court hearing took place, so I assume it was a yesterday story.
If that is how a paper in the same group is being run it is no wonder that the Mail’s editor felt the need to stress the value of publishing “on the day” editions.