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Paper Emperors: The rise of Australia's newspaper empires

Paper Emperors: The rise of Australia's newspaper empires (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Young, Sally

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Before newspapers were ravaged by the digital age, they were a powerful force, especially in Australia - a country of newspaper giants and kingmakers. This magisterial book reveals who owned Australia's newspapers and how they used them to wield political power. A corporate and p...olitical history of Australian newspapers spanning 140 years, it explains how Australia's media system came to be dominated by a handful of empires and powerful family dynasties. Many are household names, even now: Murdoch, Fairfax, Symes, Packer. Written with verve and insight and showing unparalleled command of a vast range of sources, Sally Young shows how newspaper owners influenced policy-making, lobbied and bullied politicians, and shaped internal party politics. The book begins in 1803 with Australia's first newspaper owner - a convict who became a wealthy bank owner - giving the industry a blend of notoriety, power and wealth from the start. Throughout the twentieth century, Australians were unaware that they were reading newspapers owned by secret bankrupts and failed land boomers, powerful mining magnates, Underbelly-style gangsters, bankers, and corporate titans. It ends with the downfall of Menzies in 1941 and his conviction that a handful of press barons brought him down. The intervening years are packed with political drama, business machinations and a struggle for readers, all while peddling power and influence.
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ISBN 9781742234984
Published NZ 1 Mar 2019
Publisher NewSouth Publishing
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781742234984
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher NewSouth Publishing
Imprint NewSouth Publishing
Published 1 Mar 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Young, Sally
Category Media Studies
Press & Journalism
Number of Pages 672
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 079.94
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Australian newspapers - History, Australian newspapers - Ownership - History
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade