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The House of Packer : The making of a media empire - Bridget Griffen-Foley

The House of Packer

The making of a media empire

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'...a remarkable account of the Packer family...painstakingly researched...will enthral anyone with an interest in the media'.
- Kate de Brito, The Daily Telegraph
Australia's richest man, Kerry Packer, came to the helm of Australian Consolidated Press a quarter of a century ago;
in recent years his son, James, has begun taking over the reins of the group. But despite the legendary reputation of Kerry Packer and his father Sir Frank, and the popular fascination with young James, the story of the creation of the family dynasty has never been told.
This compelling book unravels, for the first time, Frank Packer's Machiavellian deals that resulted in the launch of the Australian Women's Weekly in 1933. From there it charts the production of the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, the Nine network, the Bulletin and Cleo.
The House of Packer moves seamlessly from the bohemia of the newsroom to the intrigue of the boardroom;
from the rumbustious style of celebrated editors to the feudalism of Sir Frank;
from the bitter condemnation of political enemies to at times bizarre territorial disputes with the Fairfax and Murdoch dynasties.

"Its scope is breathtaking...the volume of research is awesome...unquestionably a splendid achievement... - Clem Lloyd, Foundation Professor of Journalism, University of Wollongong...a remarkable account of the Packer family...painstakingly researched...will enthral anyone with an interest in the media. - Kate de Brito, The Daily Telegraph

Acknowledgments vii

Abbreviations x

List of illustrations and tables xii

Timeline xiii

Preface xiv

1 'This gang of respectable thieves' 1

2 Miracle magazine, 1932 - 1934 20

3 Guarding the crown jewels, 193 - 1936 38

4 Thoroughly modern, 193 - 1938 56

5 'Arm yourself, but keep your head', 193 - 1940 75

6 There will always be a Telegraph, 194 - 1942 89

7 Power through popularity, 194 - 1945 115

8 A birthright invaded, 194 - 1949 145

9 A corporate octopus curtailed, 195 - 1953 178

10 Pig Iron Frank, 195 - 1957 209

11 Dividing the spoils, 195 - 1962 231

12 Wheeling and dealing, 196 - 1967 258

13 Selling the plantation, 196 - 1974 282

Appendix 1 Weekly women's magazine circulations, 193 - 1974 299

Appendix 2 Sydney morning newspaper circulations, 193 - 1972 300

Appendix 3 Sydney Sunday newspaper circulations, 194 - 1972 301

Appendix 4 Australian Consolidated Press Walkl

ISBN: 9781865084107
ISBN-10: 1865084107
Series: Making of a Media Empire
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st September 2000
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition