Hall of Fame to go national

This article was originally published in 2014.

The new Australian Media Hall of Fame will be formed as soon as possible with the support of industry leaders in other states and territories.

The decision was announced at the third and final foundation dinner of the Victorian Hall of Fame in Melbourne on Friday 10 October, when another 31 journalists were inducted.

The Melbourne Press Club is seeking a suitable national sponsor to support the expanded project.

Club President Michael Rowland said the national move was a logical next step after the enthusiastic response to the creation of the Victorian Hall over the past three years.

He said many of the 81 foundation inductees – while they had been born in Victoria or made their mark in the state – had equally strong links to other parts of Australia and all would sit comfortably in the Australian Media Hall of Fame.

They include proprietors Sir Keith and Rupert Murdoch, editors Creighton Burns and Rohan Rivett, cartoonists Bruce Petty and Will Dyson, television greats Laurie Oakes and Jana Wendt and broadcasters Neil Mitchell and Ron Casey.

The Hall of Fame also already embraces some of Australia’s greatest war correspondents including Alan Moorehead, Chester Wilmot, Denis Warner and Phillip Schuler.

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