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Geoffrey D Lloyd
The man who guided the 'Star' into the modern era was the late Geoff Lloyd. He was appointed editor in 1965 by Charles Braham and dedicated his time to developing the appeal of the 'Star' for twenty-one years before he died tragically young in 1986. He was described by former editor Charles Braham as "an extremely hard working and conscientious journalist who played a spectacular role in re-shaping the 'Star'."

It was Geoff who launched the 'Star' on one of the greatest changes in its history - the move again to new premises, the conversion from hot metal composition to photo composition, and the transfer to a new type of printing.

Mr Lloyd was born in Swansea and educated in Bishop Gore Grammar School and later attended the University of Wales College, Cardiff. He set up and edited the Mumbles and Gower Weekly News before joining the 'Star' as a journalist and sub-editor in 1957. The pinnacle of his career was his appointment as President of the Guild of British Newspaper Editors in 1986.

Leighton Bowen, News of the World Sports Production Editor, claimed that "Geoff was first, second and third a journalist.

Only one thing mattered to Geoff - the 'Star'. The tragic death of Geoff Lloyd opened the door to Spencer Feeney who acquired the editor's post on Friday 30th January 1987.

In 1984 Geoff Lloyd once again highlighted the 'Star's' ability to respond to the technological developments of the day when he launched the 'Star' on one of the greatest changes in its history.

These developments included the conversion from hot metal composition to photo composition, the move again to new premises in Station Road, and the transfer to a new type of printing.

On the 75th anniversary of the 'Star' the newspaper began to be printed off the Five-Unit Webb-offset at the Western Telegraph, Haverfordwest. The 'Star's' copy, news and advertising were sent through the keyboard of six computer terminals. The varitype photo-setting plant then translated the computer's codes and commands into type of the ordered width, size and font and then produced it as a continuous strip of bromide paper ready for pasting on grid sheets representing each page. These were then photographed; the negatives were turned into plate, which were then attached to the press.


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