P & J staff rescue edition after press breakdown

A magnificent team effort ensured the eventual publication and distribution of Monday’s edition of The Press and Journal, Aberdeen, after it was hit by serious technical problems in its printing press.

The fault in the electronics system caused the press to fail part way through the production run of a 32-page paper.

Some editions had to be combined and printing finished six hours later than normal at just after 10am on Tuesday.

The technical glitch could hardly have come on a more inappropriate day because The Press and Journal was launching its 24-page Energy supplement for the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors.

Readers in some areas, including Aberdeen, did not get the new supplement and it will now appear free with this Friday’s newspaper.

Alan Scott, managing director of the newspaper’s publisher, Aberdeen Journals, said: “At one stage it looked so serious that we might only have been able to print a 16-page paper instead of the prepared 32 pages.

“Staff worked flat out through the night to tackle whatever happened so that the newspaper appeared on the streets.”

The Press and Journal was eventually distributed to all its normal outlets, including Orkney and Shetland and the Western Isles.

By Hamish Mackay

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