Whom the gods wish to destroy…

Ben Hills offers a distinctive take on what went wrong for Fairfax, writes Ken Haley

07 Aug 14 | Comments (0)

In praise of the strong proprietor

The Australian exists because Rupert Murdoch is an old-fashioned media mogul willing to follow his instincts, argues former editor Mark Day in this talk from last week’s conference on the paper’s fiftieth anniversary

14 Jul 14 | Comments (0)

Wacky backy

The Australian waded into the tobacco packaging debate with a series of blunt assertions, writes Rodney Tiffen. Faced with a barrage of well-informed criticism, the paper dug in

12 Jul 14 | Comments (1)

The battle of Mort Street

By the time the first edition of the Australian hit the streets almost fifty years ago, a vital part of Rupert Murdoch’s strategy had already run into trouble, writes Peter Browne

06 Jul 14 | Comments (3)

Yes, it is our ABC

The gulf between the views of the public and the ABC’s vocal critics is large and growing, writes Rodney Tiffen

05 Dec 13 | Comments (5)

Rupert Murdoch’s sixtieth anniversary and the hazards of longevity

Rupert Murdoch may have set a world record for longevity in corporate governance, but his reputation would stand higher if he had retired ten years ago, writes Rodney Tiffen

16 Oct 13 | Comments (3)

Fairfax adrift: the view from Sydney

Readers and journalists are mostly missing from two recent books about the troubles at Fairfax, writes Sybil Nolan

30 Aug 13 | Comments (0)

Shaping the Herald: Sir Keith Murdoch seen through his confidential memoranda

As managing editor of the Melbourne Herald, Keith Murdoch battled employers, sensation-mongering and overly large headlines in a remarkable series of notes to his senior executives, writes Michael Cannon in this essay first published in Nation in June 1963

29 Jun 13 | Comments (0)