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Books at the Brewery - Eric Beecher

Crikey owner and ex-News Corp and Fairfax editor, Eric Beecher, lifts the lid on the abuse of power by media moguls – from William Randolph Hearst to Elon Musk – and on his own unique experience of working for (and being sued by) the Murdochs.

  

What’s gone wrong with our media? Eric Beecher’s answer is its owners, many of the biggest of them at least. They have exploited their privileged position in society to distort journalism and accumulate vast wealth and power.

This is a book only Eric Beecher could write: a portrait of the rise of media moguls over the past two centuries, and an analysis of how they have destroyed news journalism and undermined truth by using the shield of the ‘freedom of the press’ to cover their quest for personal power.

Join us for an important, timely and incisive discussion with one of the country’s most highly regarded media experts.

Eric will be in conversation with Nicole Chvastek.

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About the author:

 

Eric Beecher has had a long career in journalism, media and publishing. He started his career as a reporter on the Melbourne Age, spent periods at The Sunday Times and The Observer in London, and at The Washington Post; he was appointed as the youngest-ever editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and later as editor-in-chief of the Melbourne Herald. He then became an independent media owner, launching several media and publishing start-up companies, initially in print and then in digital news publishing. He is currently chair and the largest shareholder in Private Media, owner of several Australian news websites, including Crikey.

Date:     Tuesday August 20  2024 

Time:     6 00pm for a 6 30pm start and  8 00pm finish (including signing) 

Venue:   Shedshaker Brewery, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine 3450

Cost:      $15

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