Journalism

Jul 3, 2013

The man to save Fairfax? The unstoppable rise of Garry Linnell

The Fairfax editorial supremo is anything but warm and fuzzy, but he is definitely making 'em talk about it. He sits down for a Chinese meal with Crikey to discuss his career and the future of media.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

Garry Linnell timelineGarry Linnell was a nobody. An Age cadet fresh out of high school. A postman’s son from Geelong with a mullet hairdo. And yet there he was, at Melbourne’s Assembly Hall, giving 400 battle-hardened Melbourne reporters a sermon on industrial tactics. Not content with blasting Fairfax management, he gave the journalists’ union an almighty whack for ignoring the “exploitation” of junior reporters. From that day on, no one was in doubt: the boy has balls.

“I thought, wow — this kid’s got a lot of poise, a lot of confidence, a lot of chutzpah,” recalled Bruce Guthrie, then a reporter at The Melbourne Herald. “I remember thinking: this kid’s got a future.”

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6 thoughts on “The man to save Fairfax? The unstoppable rise of Garry Linnell

  1. paddy

    Interesting.
    This piece told me stuff I didn’t know and left me looking forward to part ll.
    I’d call that a success. Kudos Matt.

  2. cheryl

    So. He’s a blokey bloke that has balls and a big swinging dick, etc etc. Margaret Simons and Bruce Guthrie think he’s gutsy and can write well. And that is evidence of something?

    Did you ask him any actual questions Matthew?

  3. Venise Alstergren

    A pity he left out the crucial bit. Abbott didn’t have a son-that he knew about..

  4. Damien McBain

    His eyebrows could do with a tidy up.

  5. James Taylor

    A true news shark, circling the water searching for meaty stories, leaving a froth of blood in his wake. It is a pity he ended up in management, but I guess that is where his ambition took him. Starting out in his business after a week free of the claws of academia, this article has motivated me to push out and see if I can do the same. Probably not with the media climate us new starts find ourselves in, but here’s hoping I can land a gig that isn’t borderline PR prostitution.

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