Sundays Bloody Sundays


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On 20 August 1989 three new newspapers landed on the streets and doorsteps of Melbourne – The Sunday Herald, The Sunday Age and The Sunday Sun – and the city’s sleepy weekends would never be the same again.

The Sunday war between Rupert Murdoch and his Fairfax rivals was one of the most frenetic moments in Australian newspaper history – a time of big budgets, bigger egos and a poaching free-for-all. But within a couple of years only one of the Sundays survived as a stand-alone paper, scores of journalists were unemployed and the inexorable decline of print was under way.

Thirty years on, join us over a long lunch to relive the highs and ponder the lows of an extraordinary era, including a panel discussion and Q&A with:

  • Bruce Guthrie – founding deputy editor of The Sunday Age

  • Chris de Kretser – founding editor of The Sunday Sun

  • Steve Foley – founding deputy editor of The Sunday Herald

  • Louise Graham – former picture editor of The Sunday Age and the Sunday Herald Magazine

Places are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Date & Time
Friday 23 August 2019, 12:30 to 2:30pm

Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar
Level 1, Crown Metropol Hotel
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank

$65 MPC members; $85 non-members; $45 students
Includes two courses and a drink
(All prices are GST inclusive)

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