Herald Sun’s ‘coming of age’ doco event airs on Victorian TV

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Twenty-one years of Melbourne’s top-selling metro daily, the ‘Herald Sun’ is the focus of a TV documentary this weekend.

The 30-minute ‘The Paper: 21 Years of the Herald Sun’ screens on Channel Seven this Sunday, and has been produced jointly by Seven and News Limited publishing company the Herald & Weekly Times.

It will be aired to Melbourne metro and Victorian regional audiences at 5pm.The paper was created by the merger in October 1990 of morning daily the ‘Sun News-Pictorial’ with its evening stablemate, ‘The Herald’.

The programme concentrates on key events and the biggest stories of the two decades – rather than specific scoops – and HWT managing director Peter Blunden says this focus was deliberate: “It looks at the paper’s efforts to break news, but also on the way we handle the big stories, and much of this is unique to the Herald Sun,” he says.

Featured are 11 editors and writers including football writer Mike Sheahan, veteran John Hamilton and cartoonist Mark Knight. Illustrations come solely from newspaper archival images and front pages.

A preview event for select clients and media was being held at Village Gold Class Cinemas at Crown tonight.

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