AUDIO: The News That Was

What would the news sound like 100… 150… 200 years ago?

That’s the concept behind The News That Was: a news bulletin reporting local historical events, but reported in a contemporary style.

As well as doing the voiceover this project gets me to stretch my research muscles a bit, as well as scriptwriting with a quick turnaround. (I recorded this in one take in the Spark Sunderland news booth in between bulletins!)

(If your device cannot display the embedded audioBoom player please click here for audio)

Can you guess what year I’m talking about? When 72m was the longest single span bridge in the world, there were only 2 MPs in the whole of County Durham, and Pitt the Younger was ruling a Tory-Whig coalition government.

Click here for the answer!

Image credit: By Unknown – as displayed by Heritage Gallery – Wearmouth Bridge at, Copyrighted free use,


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