Stevens “the content king” – real concern that people were getting in
his ear about … constant feeling tha he’s been susceptible

knew there was a bit of a storm about it. “we never know who he talks to”

in the dark. feeling that “people were getting at him” …

suspicion…

You may wish
to check out the story from within the Canberra Times about out-going editor
Michael Stevens bowing to pressure from a sporting body last week to not run a
back page lead story. A
CT sports reporter got wind of the 2007 Black Opal
horse race being cancelled and spoke to the racing officials concerned. That
evening the Canberra Racing Club CEO rang Stevens expressing concern about how
last weekend’s Black Opal race (run on Sunday) would be tarnished by such
so-called negative news – even thought they didn’t deny it. The CT night
team was dismayed when Stevens emerged from his office after the phone call and
instructed the sports sub-editors to pull the story off the back page. They cut
the story by half and softened its angle” and ran it well inside on the racing
and sports results page.

Peter Fray

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