My interview with Sally Young about her recent book – Paper Emperors: The rise of Australia’s newspaper empires. It’ a fascinating insight into the long traditions of media baron influence over Australian politics and policies. Thankfully, and maybe contrary to popular belief, their influence is on the vane.

I enjoyed every page of this book – a well narrated and throughly researched expose into the history of Newspapers in Australia, and in particular the men (and it was, and is, almost all men) that owned them and ran them.

Starting with the beginning of the 19th century Sally Young writes a wonderful yarn which depicts not only the history of the newspapers, but puts it all in a flowing historical context. It paints the picture of how media proprietors have had so much influence in Australia – making and breaking politicians as well as influencing policies to suit their interests and their mates.

It finishes with the Second World War. Can’t wait for volume II, due out in a year or so.



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