DOCUMENTS held by the Echo for more than 40 years charting the early career of Kate Adie have been donated to Sunderland University.
The BBC Information Service press release was sent out in 1968 to mark the opening of BBC Radio Durham, where Kate gained her first job in the media.
She is described as “attractive station assistant Kathryn Adie, 22, who is single”.
The release goes on to mention Kate’s pharmacist father in Sunderland, and her brief time as a teaching assistant in Scandinavia and the Arctic.
Biographies of other staff at the station include general station assistant Michael Hollingsworth, 22, who as Mike Hollingsworth was later one of the first presenters on breakfast television and the husband of Anne Diamond.
The release was found in a filing cabinet in the Echo’s office in Durham City by reporter Rob Freeth, who presented it to Kate during her visit to Durham Cathedral.
“One of the first things I was taught about working in a district office is never throw anything away,” said Rob.
“I’m pleased one of my predecessors in Durham took that lesson on board.
“Kate was very interested to read the release and said she was still in touch with several of the people mentioned on it.”
Kate has since copied the release and donated the original to the journalism archive at Sunderland University.
“Radio Durham only lasted a couple of years,” she said. Very little information survives about the station, so I was delighted to receive the material from the Sunderland Echo.
“It is now in the archive at Sunderland University where I am sure it will be of use to researchers in the years to come.”