Join Herald Sun’s 21st celebrations
HOW were you affected when the full impact of 2009’s Black Saturday bushfires became apparent?
What about Collingwood’s breakthrough premiership win in 1990, the death of Princess Diana in 1997, or the September 2001 attacks on New York’s World Trade Centre?
Memories — some that aroused exhilaration, others that brought heartbreak — will flood back when you see The Paper: 21 Years of the Herald Sun on November 27.
The documentary’s narrator, Channel 7 newsreader Peter Mitchell, says: ‘‘ For more than a century The Herald and The Sun delivered news to Victorians from around the world, across the country, and from around the corner. I do remember the day the Herald Sun was born.’’
The big stories of launch day, October 8, 1990, were the aftermath of the Magpies breaking their premiership drought and Channel 9 supremo Kerry Packer fighting for his life following a heart attack.
The documentary explores the paper’s race to break news, and how covering that news impacts on editors, reporters and photographers.
Reflecting on September 2001, Herald and Weekly Times managing director Peter Blunden says: ‘‘ It was amazing, people (staff) just poured back into the office, knowing this was ‘ the big one’.’’
On the catastrophic fires of February 2009, Herald Sun editor Simon Pristel says: ‘‘ We sent a dozen reporters and photographers into effectively a war zone. It was scorched earth, fires still going.’’ Other events covered include the deaths of Peter Brock and Steve Irwin, the capture of Tony Mokbel and Cadel Evans’ extraordinary win of the Tour de France. The Paper: 21 Years of the Herald Sun Channel 7, Sunday 5pm