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Bridget Griffen-Foley

Bridget Griffen-Foley

Bridget Griffen-Foley is a Professor of Media at Macquarie University, where she founded the Centre for Media History. She is the author of The House of Packer (1999), Sir Frank Packer: A biography (2000, 2014), Party Games: Australian politicians and the media from war to Dismissal (2003), Changing Stations: The story of Australian commercial radio (2009) and Australian Radio Listeners and Television Viewers: Historical perspectives (2020). She edited A Companion to the Australian Media (2014), now available on AustLit.

Bridget Griffen-Foley on 'The Gabblings of Gabba'

March 2007, no. 289 09 September 2022
‘Who has not heard of “Yabba”, Sydney’s greatest barracker?’, asked the Listener In in February 1937. The Listener In was not the only radio magazine intrigued by a new Australian cricketing identity. Two identities, in fact: Myra Dempsey, who was covering the 1936–37 Ashes series for 3BO Bendigo; and Dempsey’s discovery, ‘Gabba’, a female counterpart to ‘Yabba’. A fixture at ... (read more)

Bridget Griffen-Foley reviews 'Doc Evatt: Patriot, Internationalist, Fighter and Scholar' by Ken Buckley, Barbara Dale and Wayne Reynolds

July 1994, no. 162 01 July 1994
In his foreword to Doc Evatt, Jim Hagan claims that this is the fourth full-length biography of Dr. H.V. Evatt and suggests that only one other Australian politician has scored as many. Leaving aside the fact that Allan Dalziel never pretended that his book, Evatt the Enigma, was anything more than a profile of the man he worked with for twenty years, these assertions create the misleading impress ... (read more)

Bridget Griffen-Foley reviews '"Red Ted": The Life of E.G. Theodore' by Ross Fitzgerald

November 1994, no. 166 01 November 1994
On the day of the last Federal election, I became engaged in an unlikely conversation with a helper for the ‘Call-to-Australia’ cause at my local polling booth. When I revealed that I had recently completed a research project on Dr H.V. Evatt, my elderly companion asserted that Evatt should not be hailed as the hero of the labour movement. Australia’s greatest politician, this former member ... (read more)

Bridget Griffen-Foley reviews 'The Content Makers: Understanding the media in Australia' by Margaret Simons

October 2007, no. 295 01 October 2007
Margaret Simons is a writer familiar to her readers. There she was in Fit to Print: Inside the Canberra press gallery (1999), first driving with her husband and young children to the national capital, then following Michelle Grattan’s blue dress around Parliament House. Here she is again in The Content Makers: Understanding the media in Australia, telling us about her experiences in daily journa ... (read more)

Bridget Griffen-Foley reviews 'Compulsive Viewing' by Gerald Stone

October 2000, no. 225 01 October 2000
If Gerald Stone had gone to a publisher with a proposal for a book about Channel Seven or Channel Ten, it is doubtful whether it would ever have seen the light of day. But Stone – who would have endured more than a few pitches in his time as a television executive – had the sense to propose a book about his former employer, Channel Nine, and Compulsive Viewing is the result. The Nine Network ... (read more)

Bridget Griffen-Foley reviews 'The Murdoch Archipelago' by Bruce Page

November 2003, no. 256 01 November 2003
Rupert Murdoch certainly attracts a good class of biographer. There was George Munster, who contributed so much to Australian politics and culture by helping to establish and edit Nation, and William Shawcross, one of Britain’s most prominent journalists. There were other biographies, too, before the efforts of Bruce Page, a distinguished investigative journalist with the London Sunday Times, wh ... (read more)

Bridget Griffen-Foley reviews 'Stop the Presses! How greed, incompetence (and the internet) wrecked Fairfax' by Ben Hills

October 2014, no. 365 01 October 2014
Fairfax Media, which has churned out millions of words since its beginnings in Sydney in the 1830s, has itself inspired hundreds of thousands of words in the last year or so. First came Colleen Ryan’s Fairfax: The Rise and Fall (June 2013), followed by Pamela Williams’ Killing Fairfax (July 2013). Now comes Stop the Presses! by Ben Hills, a veteran investigative journalist who would no doubt s ... (read more)
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