Bridget Griffen-Foley

Bridget Griffen-Foley

Bridget Griffen-Foley is an ARC Future Fellow and the Director of the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University. 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), and Changing Stations: The Story of Australian Commercial Radio. She is the editor of A Companion to the Australian Media (Australian Scholarly Publishing, October 2014).

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
Bridget Griffen-Foley reviews 'Doc Evatt: Patriot, Internationalist, Fighter and Scholar' by Ken Buckley, Barbara Dale and Wayne Reynolds
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
Bridget Griffen-Foley reviews '"Red Ted": The Life of E.G. Theodore' by Ross Fitzgerald
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 'Compulsive Viewing' by Gerald Stone

October 2000, no. 225 01 October 2000
Bridget Griffen-Foley reviews 'Compulsive Viewing' by Gerald Stone
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
Bridget Griffen-Foley reviews 'The Murdoch Archipelago' by Bruce Page
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
Bridget Griffen-Foley reviews 'Stop the Presses! How greed, incompetence (and the internet) wrecked Fairfax' by Ben Hills
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)