Roger Moore to recall Launceston – Feature

While working at the Cornish and Devon Post I was able to subedit work done by work experience kids. I set one, Ruth Musson, a creative writing task for a feature on a local man who is publishing director at Son Christian Media Ltd, which publishes magazines Sorted and Liberti. She did well, although it needed changes it was mostly house style.

Here is the final piece that went into the Post on March 27, 2014.

HIGH profile Launceston College alumni Bond-star Roger Moore and Duncan Williams, who attended the school some 40 years apart, will be brought together during a magazine interview.
Roger Moore, well-known as the longest serving actor who played the role of Bond from 1973 to 1985, is soon to be featured in Sorted, published by Son Christian Media Ltd, of which Mr Williams is director of publishing.
Mr Moore, born October 14, 1927, attended Battersea Grammar School before he was evacuated to Holsworthy during world war two. From there, he attended Launceston College and was then educated at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
He made his film debut as an extra in 1945, appearing in small roles on stage and in films prior to his service in the army.
Mr Williams grew up in Launceston and owns land at Holsworthy. His grandfather was vicar at Werrington and later Wadebridge. Mr Williams will be interviewing Mr Moore along with professional biographer Frank Worrall, a St Ives-based author, who helped arrange the profile piece.
Sorted was established in 2007, after Steve Legg the now editor of the magazine wanted to provide ‘wholesome reading’, offering something different, ethical and faith-based.
The magazine looks at success, sports, books, addictions, mentoring and a variety of other topics.
It has gradually grown as a magazine with the increase of professionalism and celebrity interviews to promote the rise of the readership.
Mr Legg’s wife Rebekah edits the sister title for women, Liberti.
The magazines are published six times a year, and in the last year have doubled their circulation to 40,000. They are distributed for free into UK prisons and the armed forces for chaplaincy material, as well as being sold across the UK and various countries as an alternative to ‘lad mags’.
Mr Williams said: “People have lost trust and faith in the media, we need to win back credibility, not with a law or government legalisation, but by appointing ethical editors and journalists to report news with integrity. These magazines are exactly the type of ethical brands that the post-Leveson and phone hacking weary public, might want to read.
“Celebrity without depth and shallow interviews, that reveal nothing, are boring readers who now want much more challenging content.
“The question of faith is no longer such a niche subject but one that many in the public eye are prepared to discuss. Even the question of lack of faith is an interesting basis to build an interview from.
“Recently the church has become more vocal on political issues, speaking out against poverty and often at the frontline with foodbanks and offering meeting facilities for addiction recovery groups.
“If the media would keep highlighting these issues and have the courage to report them in favour of trivia, we would really be seeing progressive changes in society.”
Each edition of the magazine features an interview with a celebrity, with questions focused on faith.
Mr Moore’s interview is scheduled to be published in a summer edition, and he hopes to evoke memories of his time at Launceston.

Here is Ruth’s original piece:

Roger Moore a past Launceston college student, well known as the longest serving actor who played the role of James Bond from 1973-1985, is soon to be featured in ‘SON CHRISTIAN MEDIA LIMITED’s magazine ‘Sorted’. Duncan Williams, who also grew up in Launceston and attended Launceston College, will be interviewing him along with professional biographer Frank Worrall (a St Ives based author) who has helped arrange the profile piece to go ahead.
Sorted was established in 2007 after Steve Legg the now Editor of the magazine wanted to provide wholesome reading, offering something different, ethical and faith based. The magazine looks at success, sports, books, addictions, mentoring and a variety of other topics. It has gradually grown as a magazine with the increase of professionalism and celebrity interviews to promote the rise of the readership. His wife Rebekah Legg edits the woman’s lifestyle title called Liberti
Magazine, which offers the same alternative reading to mainstream magazines, instead focusing on the same clear sense of values as Sorted Magazine.
Actor Roger Moore, who is soon to be featured in the magazine, was born on October 14, 1927, in London, England. As the son of a policeman and a housewife, he attended Battersea Grammar School before he was evacuated to Holsworthy during World War II. It was there that Roger Moore attended Launceston College and was then educated at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School. He made his film debut as an extra in 1945, appearing in small roles on stage and in films prior to his service in the army.
Duncan Williams stated in a recent interview that ‘people have lost trust and faith in the media’, ‘we need to win back credibility, not with a law or government legalisation, but by appointing ethical editors and journalists to report news with integrity.’ Duncan Williams explained that if he invested time and money into growing these titles into mainstream publications, they were exactly the type of ethical brands that the post Leveson and phone hacking weary public, might want to read. He stated ‘Celebrity without depth and shallow interviews, that reveal nothing, are boring readers who now want much more challenging content. The question of faith is no longer such a niche subject but one that many in the public eye are prepared to discuss. Even the question of lack of faith is an interesting basis to build an interview from.’
Consequentially Duncan Williams with the aid of Frank Worrall, aim to collect insightful information from the interview with Roger Moore gaining another uplifting publication for the magazine that is distributed for free into UK prisons and the armed forces as well as being sold across the UK and various other countries as an alternative to other mainstream competitors such as Loaded, Nuts and Zoo.
Duncan Williams, the grandson of a previous Vicar for Wadebridge, claims to have always been interested in theology; going on to say, ‘Recently the church has become more vocal on political issues, speaking out against poverty and often at the frontline with food banks and offering meeting facilities for addiction recovery groups. If the media would keep highlighting these issues and have the courage to report them in favour of trivia, we would really be seeing progressive changes in society.’

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