Monday, February 11, 2013

Michelle Grattan’s best work is yet to come « Australians For Honest Politics

Michelle Grattan’s best work is yet to come « Australians For Honest Politics: "Michelle Grattan. I’ve loved her and hated her over the years. One invariably has a
complicated relationship with a great person.

Soon after the 1993 election, under pressure from then editor of The Age Alan Kohler to step back from day-to-day journalism, she left her spiritual home to become the first female editor of a metropolitan newspaper, The Canberra Times. Its owner Kerry Stokes made her promises he failed to keep, and two years later she resigned rather than accept a huge payout to leave quietly.

I was one of her journos at The Age Canberra Bureau when she took that job, and was pissed off with her for reasons that are too old to remember. I accepted Kohler’s offer to be chief-of-staff of The Age on the promise there’d be more money for editorial and that I could pick some good journos to join us. It was a lie – not Kohler’s, his bosses – so I backed out and asked Michelle for work. She said yes."

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