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1/3. With Fleet Street now all but devoid of newspaper offices, journalist and broadcaster Philippa Kennedy relives the story of how this part of London became famous for its fixation with news. Wynkyn's Wonder. Caxton's assistant
Wynkynde Worde brought printing to the Fleet Street area 500 years ago. His back-street business was the seed for the creation of the best-known news-gathering location on earth. And yet the decades following the publication of the first British newspaper in the 1620s were fraught with threats and obstruction from the state, including licensing laws, imprisonment and swingeing taxes. Simple human curiosity to hear the news, not forgetting proprietors' profit motives, won out in the end. Producer Andrew Green


Philippa Kennedy
Wynkynde Worde
Andrew Green

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