Paper emperors : the rise of Australia's newspaper empires

Paper emperors : the rise of Australia's newspaper empires
Young, Sally, 1975-
  • Item Type: Book - 079.94 YOUN
  • Published: 2019
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Description

Before newspapers were ravaged by the digital age, they were a powerful force, especially in Australia, a country of newspaper giants and kingmakers. This book reveals who owned Australia’s newspapers and how they used them to wield political power. A corporate and political 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, Syme, 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 the newspaper barons are peddling power and influence.

Related Subjects

Newspapers--Australia--History.
Newspaper publishing--Australia--History
Mass media--Australia--History

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ISBN:

9781742234984 (paperback)

Personal Author:

Young, Sally, 1975-

Title:

Paper emperors : the rise of Australia's newspaper empires / Sally Young

Publication Info:

Sydney : NewSouth Books, 2019.

Publication Info:

©2019

Physical description:

xv, 654 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Content Type:

text

Content Type:

still image

Media Type:

unmediated

Carrier Type:

volume

Subject term:

Newspapers--Australia--History.

Subject term:

Newspaper publishing--Australia--History

Subject term:

Mass media--Australia--History

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