Jul 23, 2013

Packer, Murdoch mingle at book launch — but did they kill Fairfax?

James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch seemed to have plenty to talk about as they mingled at the Sydney launch of journalist Pamela Williams' book Killing Fairfax. And News Corp staff were everywhere ...

James Packer Lachlan Murdoch

In launching journalist Pamela Williams’ new book Killing Fairfax: Packer, Murdoch & The Ultimate Revenge in Sydney today, business commentator Alan Kohler suggested Fairfax had missed out on being the “modern Apple”.

It was Kohler who in distant days hired Williams, the storyteller extraordinaire, at The Australian Financial Review back in 1987 (Williams joined from the ill-fated Michael Gill newspaper Business Daily). “She outlasted and outshone all of us … it was her consistency … the definitive piece you’d expect from her … the sort of details no one else gets,” Kohler said of both her published articles and her book.

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8 thoughts on “Packer, Murdoch mingle at book launch — but did they kill Fairfax?

  1. rob oxford

    Well, that saves time. Packer and Murdoch like it (a lot). Packer still blames Fairfax for One Tel.
    Funny how Williams moves on to embrace the next winner isn’t it? (Remember when she was Kelty’s sidekick? Then Walker? Now, it seems, Packer/Murdoch?)

  2. Venise Alstergren

    Was this article written for the Social Pages, or as news/comment? Less fluff and more content please.

  3. bjb

    It’s ironic that Hilmer was/is the big cheese at the AGSM, where presumably in their MBA program they teach exactly the kinds of things Hilmer should have done at Fairfax – i.e managing an organisation in a changing environment, responding to disruptive technologies etc. I guess Fred missed out on those lectures.

    It also makes it pretty clear that the ONLY reason for doing an MBA is to network with other overly competitive types and brown nose ‘captains’ of industry who might make you rich. The evidence is pretty clear you’ll learn nothing about running a company.

    Oh, and a tip for anyone doing an MBA via the Internet or any form of distance education – you’re wasting your money. If you get no networking, you’ve done your dough.

  4. Erika

    Yikes – I’ve just signed up to Crikey thinking I would get some real journalism, and you’re going to tell me what the women were wearing? Woe is me.

  5. Nicholas Whitlam

    I suspect it’s a good book. That requires application and diligence and scepticism, something Williams notably lacked in late 2000 (and early 2001 when she was in New York, far from the action) when she happily recycled untruths about me.

    A “storyteller extrordinaire” indeed.

  6. Mikey

    “from whence”?
    Seeing whence means from where, from whence means from from where.
    Whence is sufficient.

  7. AR

    wot VA asked – “wearing a colourful tight-knitted number, possibly Missoni” I thought this had been written by Margot Saville on a bad day. What a piece of crap fluffery.
    As for NickW – you weren’t mentioned so why intrude? You are a blot a great man’s escutcheon – shame, shame.

  8. Venise Alstergren

    AR: I felt I was reading The Oz Women’s Weakly in about my grandmother’s time.

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