THE days when the streets of the CBD rang out with front page news will be re-lived at a reunion in Yagan Square this month.
Perth’s afternoon newspaper the Daily News closed on September 11, 1990.
Former staff have been invited to a reunion at the Shoe Bar in Yagan Square, on Sunday, September 13, from 2pm to mark the 30th anniversary of its closure.
The Daily News operated for more than 100 years, with news boys and girls standing on all of Perth’s major street corners shouting out whatever was on the front page every afternoon.
It nurtured some highprofile West Australians: one who went on to be a member of State Parliament (Phil Pendal), another became editor of the UK Daily Mirror (Amanda Platell) and another is a prominent CNN reporter based in Atlanta, Georgia (Mike
Others became wellknown national TV stars, such as John ‘Strop’ Cornell and Mike Willesee. Home-grown stars included Paul Rigby, whose cartoons dominated the back page for many years from the 1950s.
The paper reported the major news of many eras: the end of World War II, the first Moon landing and the assassinations of John Kennedy and John Lennon.
Other big events covered by the Daily included the Whitlam dismissal, the America’s Cup win (‘It’s Ours’), and the hanging of drug smugglers Barlow and Chambers in Malaysia.
Arthur Hanlon was acting chief sub-editor in December 1980, sifting through incoming copy, helping to decide which were the strongest stories of the day and already thinking about the inside pages of the next day’s issue.
“Betty the super-reliable operator from the telex room rang: ‘John Lennon’s been shot’,” Hanlon said.
“As well as the shock, there was the immediate challenge of clearing the front page and replacing it with the tragic news.
“Journalistic professionalism kicks in at a moment like that.
“Everyone worked together to create the new front page and bring the story to Perth in a way that radio couldn’t do that afternoon.”
The first edition of the paper each day had a 10am deadline so it could meet aircraft departures and ensure sales in remote areas.
Deadlines were tight and when the last issue was out around 2.30pm, it was often time for winding down over a beer or two.
Reunion organisers expect about 90 people to attend.
staff with editor Ian Hummerston in the light suit at front.