Rupert Murdoch regarded Blunden as the best mid-market editor of his generation. During 10 years as editor, Blunden made the Herald Sun the most influential media outlet in Melbourne. Blunden developed an acute sense of what mattered to Melbourne. He was never caught without a story and found ways to hit a big story bigger than the broadsheets. Working with senior management, he forged solid editorial and commercial relationships with Melbourne’s signature passions, including football, the MCG, tennis, major events, community safety and children. He demanded and received loyalty from his staff and networks.
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Receiving award at 2014 Hall of Fame dinner (1:44)