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Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons is a freelance journalist and author. Her recent books include Penny Wong: Passion and principle (2019) and Tanya Plibersek: on her own terms (2023). She is an Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University.

Margaret Simons reviews 'The Rise and Rise of Kerry Packer' by Paul Barry and 'Who Killed Channel 9? The death of Kerry Packer’s mighty TV dream machine' by Gerald Stone

November 2007, no. 296 01 December 2007
Until recently, more Australians got their news and information from Channel Nine than from any other single source. For nearly thirty years, what Gerald Stone describes as ‘Kerry Packer’s mighty tv dream machine’ was the dominant force in Australian media and popular culture. Channel Nine was, as its promos used to say, ‘The One’. Kerry Packer, for all his many faults, was an instincti ... (read more)