It is now more than 30 years since Graham Perkin's tragically premature death, but his legacy lives on in every corner of the Australian media. Perkin was, without question, the country's greatest editor of the 20th century. In his nine years at the helm of The Age , he transformed a venerable but moribund rag into a paper regularly voted one of the world's 10 best broadsheets, alongside such great titles as The Washington Post and The Times of London. He changed forever the way that the media looks at society, and the way that people relate to the media. Walkley Award winner Ben Hills, who worked under Perkin's editorship for six years, chronicles the life and times of Australia's most influential newspaper editor, and the history of the newspaper to which he devoted his tremendous talents. From a little town in Victoria's dusty Mallee to the door of the Fairfax boardroom, from the twilight of the Menzies era to the death throes of the Whitlam government, from formulaic, moth-balled reportage to socially responsible investigative journalism, Breaking News paints a vivid picture of Graham Perkin's remarkable career.It is a portrait of media power, of the last of the great editors who, by the force of their convictions, made a difference to society - a breed for whom there is no place in today's corporate media conglomerates, with their focus on cost-cutting and the short-term bottom line.
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