NC Newspaper Produces 30 Minute TV Documentary “Raising Blackbeard’s Cannons”

By: Press Release | Releigh Telegram

Independently owned newspaper The Raleigh Telegram of Raleigh, North Carolina recently produced a 30 minute documentary entitled “Raising Blackbeard’s Cannons.” The video was produced entirely by the newspaper’s staff after covering a recent expedition to recover two cannons from the bottom of the water in Beaufort Inlet from the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck.

The almost 300 year old shipwreck is widely believed to be Blackbeard’s ship that ran aground in 1718. Divers have been recovering items from the wreck for several years and in June of this year, they raised two large 2,000 pound cannons from the watery depths.

In the video, viewers can see the cannons actually being raised by divers in the water, as well as interviews with historians, leaders of the dive, and underwater archaeologists as they explain the history of the ship and conservation efforts.

In addition, for the first time ever seen on video, Queen Anne Revenge curators show an elaborate brass sword hilt that was recovered from the shipwreck. The sword may have belonged to Blackbeard or a member of his crew.

The 30 minute documentary was produced in-house at The Raleigh Telegram and is being made available free of charge to the public via YouTube. The paper also is offering this and two other educational videos to public schools in North Carolina at no charge on CD upon request. The video is also being made available to TV stations in North Carolina at no charge.

The video is one of a few such full length videos produced by a newspaper in North Carolina and the first full length video produced by a newspaper in regards to Blackbeard. The paper sent a reporter down to the coast for two weeks to cover the stories.
“Our stories on the recent Blackbeard expedition were extremely popular and were read by thousands of people, especially after they were picked up by media in Europe,” said Erwin MacGregor of The Raleigh Telegram. “Such a historic shipwreck related to Blackbeard is not only interesting in terms of history, but it captures the imagination.”

In conjunction with its television production division Research Triangle Park Television (RTP-TV), the newspaper has produced around 800 video or audio shows since 2001 that have been viewed online in over 130 different countries.

The newspaper has interviewed everyone from Buzz Aldrin to Craig Newmark of Craigslist, but specializes in Raleigh and North Carolina political news.

The capital city’s only locally owned general interest newspaper, The Raleigh Telegram has been featured or mentioned by CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, The London Daily Mail, Editor & Publisher, UPI, The London Guardian, The Huffington Post, E! Network, and other national and international media.
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