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By Ben Hills

It is now greater than 30 years for the reason that Graham Perkin’s tragically untimely dying, yet his legacy lives on in each nook of the Australian media. Perkin used to be, with no query, the country’s maximum editor of the twentieth century. In his 9 years on the helm of The Age, he remodeled a venerable yet moribund rag right into a paper frequently voted one of many world’s ten most sensible broadsheets, along such nice titles as The Washington Post and The Times of London. He replaced ceaselessly the best way that the media seems at society, and how that folks relate to the media.

In this insightful, full of life biography, veteran investigative journalist and Walkley Award winner Ben Hills — who labored less than Perkin’s editorship for 6 years — chronicles the existence and occasions of Australia’s such a lot influential newspaper editor, and the heritage of the newspaper to which he dedicated his great abilities.

From a bit city in Victoria’s dusty Mallee to the door of the Fairfax boardroom, from the twilight of the Menzies period to the loss of life throes of the Whitlam govt, from formulaic, moth-balled reportage to socially accountable investigative journalism, Breaking News paints a brilliant photograph of Graham Perkin’s impressive occupation. it's biography at its most sensible, and the character and effort of this massive, bluff cyclone of a guy jumps from the pages. such a lot of all, notwithstanding, it's a portrait of media strength, of the final of the good editors who, via the strength in their convictions, made a distinction to society — a breed for whom there isn't any position in today’s company media conglomerates, with their concentrate on cost-cutting and the non permanent final analysis.

A cracking tale in its personal correct, Breaking News is an engrossing learn, not just should you be mindful Perkin and the golden age of Australian newspapers, but in addition for everybody who reads the paper or watches the scoop today.

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