Bruce Guthrie has survived tuberculosis and being brought up in Broadmeadows; one of Melbourne’s grittiest suburbs (also where Eddie McGuire hails from, but I digress) to become one of Australia’s most respected news editors, having worked for both Fairfax and News Limited. He’s edited The Herald, The Sunday Age, The Age, Who Weekly and had a stint as a senior editor at People magazine in New York. In February 2007 he was appointed editor-in-chief of The Herald-Sun, the largest selling newspaper in Australia. And then in November 2008 he ran afoul of Rupert Murdoch and was sacked for no reason.
So what did he do? Take on the might of News Corporation and sue for wrongful dismissal? Oh yeah.
Man Bites Murdoch is a fascinating insight into the inner working of one of Australian’s largest news gathering organizations.