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Oct 5, 2011

We've lost a friend, and publisher

Sadness has descended on the Crikey bunker today. Diana Gribble, one of our publishers and owners, died last night after a short illness and after a long, memorable life.

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Sadness has descended on the Crikey bunker today. Diana Gribble, one of our publishers and owners, died last night after a short illness and after a long, memorable life.

Di Gribble was an extraordinary figure in Australian publishing, culture and media. She was co-founder of the iconic book publisher McPhee Gribble in 1975, co-founder of the Text Media Group in 1990, co-founder of Private Media (owner of Crikey, SmartCompany, The Power Index, StartUp Smart and Property Observer) in 2003, a former deputy chair of the ABC, and a former director of Lonely Planet, Care Australia, the Australia Council, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Major Events Company and Circus Oz.

Di was a creator. She inspired and indefatigably supported the people around her — family, friends, colleagues, authors, artists. She nurtured young talent and motivated old talent. She loved books, ideas, the idea of ideas and she loved being a publisher of Crikey.

We’ll all miss her terribly.

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9 thoughts on “We’ve lost a friend, and publisher

  1. Rox

    So will we librarians.

  2. Aphra

    This is very sad news, indeed. She was an adornment to Australian society. Sincere condolences to all.

  3. Stephen

    Shocked and sad, goodbye to a terrific achiever and a fine Australian. Didn’t always agree with her, but always kept very great respect for her.

  4. Jonathan Maddox

    Sad news. Condolences.

  5. Joanna

    Di Gribble showed that one person, working with others of like mind, can make a real and significant difference to our blighted media landscape. Australian culture will be reaping the benefits of her life for many years to come.

  6. paddy

    Bugger Bugger Bugger!
    Caught me totally by surprise.
    Sadder than I can say.
    Condolences to all her friends and family.
    Vale Di. 🙁

  7. Michael Butler

    Sad news and condolences to all.
    I worked at Text for a time and while I never got to know Di personally, her influence was undoubted.
    People like Di don’t come along every day – she’ll be missed by many.

  8. Jim Hart

    It must have been in the 70s when I first met Di. That was a vibrant time when many young innovative optimistic Australian publishers were setting up shop and among them McPhee Gribble would prove to be one of the most respected and enduring names. Since those days I would continue to see Di from time to time at publishing functions or for a chat about the industry that she loved. She was always sharp of brain and gracious of manner and you just assumed that she’s always going to be around, but sadly it isn’t so.

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