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The Biennial Coral Thomas Fellowship
The Biennial Coral Thomas Fellowship
Professor Sally Young, Coral Thomas Fellow
How newspaper companies took over Australian television 

Australia’s powerful newspaper companies — owned by the Herald and Weekly Times and the Fairfax, Packer and Murdoch families - became even more powerful in the 1950s and 1960s as a result of television. Documents in the Library’s extraordinary Fairfax Media Business Archive reveal how Australia’s newspaper owners originally feared the introduction of television but managed to turn its arrival to their advantage. By 1960, newspaper companies were in control of all of the commercial television stations in the country and were entrenched in the most lucrative capital city markets. This situation was unique to Australia, turned powerful newspaper groups into multi-media empires, and laid the foundations for one of them (Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation) to become a global media giant.

Oct 14, 2021 06:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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