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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ash Long: Career

Ash Long: Career: Sunday Advertiser, 1985

Bruce Mansfield opened ‘Uncle Roy’s Nostalgia Boutique’ at Eaglemont in August 1985, at the height of his 3AW breakfast career with John Blackman. We were there to take photos for the short-lived Sunday Advertiser published by Arthur Preusker.

Victorian Media: roller coaster to hell and back

Victorian Media Corporation was an ill-conceived roller coaster ride to Hell-and-back in the 22 months between September 1983 and June 1985. Victorian Media started as a little-thought-out dream to replicate a community newspaper network across the state, as a carbon copy of the great Leader group of suburban newspapers in metropolitan Melbourne. But in less

Leader Newspapers: 1983 Northcote staff

In the early 1980s, I was Regional Manager of Leader Associated Newspapers Pty Ltd. The Registered Office of Leader was 160 Whitehorse Rd, Blackburn. The Northern Group – comprising eight newspapers – was based at 543-545 High St, Northcote. The Advertising Staff Contacts list from the time was: Regional Manager Ash Long Area Manager –

Nation Review: end days

Nation Review had more lives than the proverbial cat. Fringe publisher Geoff Gold took over the publication, converting it to a monthly A4 publication, with former GTV-9 publicist an ex-Sunday Observer editor Chris Forsyth at the helm. Mini-magnate Peter Isaacson tried to reincarnate ‘The Ferret’ with Michael Worner and Ian Finlayson as his publishers of The Review. Even

‘Too bloody bad if anyone gets mangled’

A clear snapshot of the mindset of Observer publisher Maxwell Newton is given in the interview I conducted with him in 1975. I was aged 18. The interview was published in Farrago, the University of Melbourne on June 4, 1975. “Publisher of the “soar-away” Sunday Observer, Maxwell Newton now holds the position of director of

Exclusive interview with Ernie

As an ambitious 18-year-old journalist, I requested an interview with Australia’s top-rating TV star of the time, Ernie Sigley. It was 1975 and Sigley was besting the ratings with a twice-weekly variety program at GTV-9 Melbourne. Sigley was not granting any interviews at the time … except this one to me, organ-ised through the channel’s

Norman Gunston: multi-media personality

Australia had an unlikely TV star and Gold Logie winner in Norman Gunston in 1975. The Gunston character first appeared as a minor character to appear in a single sketch in the second series of the cult Australian TV comedy series The Aunty Jack Show in 1973. Cast member Garry McDonald portrayed Gunston as a

Ash Long: Career: Newton Comics. 1975-76

Publisher Maxwell Newton “thought that printing comic books would be an easy way to make money back in 1975”, says Daniel Best in his 2014 book, The Amazing Rise & Spectacular Fall of Newton Comics. Maxwell Newton was publishing the Sunday Observer newspaper in Melbourne, and desperately looking for work to occupy his presses for

Flashback to the Sunbury Music Festival

In the early 1970s, the Australian pop music scene was lively, and one of the annual highlights was the Sunbury Pop Festival. Ahead of the 1972-73 festivals, in my part-time job with The Review/Nation Review newspapers, I had seen the Festival tickets being printed at Stockland Publishing in North Melbourne, where The Review was printed each

Regal Press: dodgy days with Dern

In the late 1970s, the Victorian Legislative Assembly ordered a report on monies advanced fromthe Co-Operative Farmers and Graziers Direct Meat Supply Ltd to interests including the printing businesses of Dern Langlands and Maxwell Newton. Mr Alex Chernov, of Owen Dixon Chambers (later Victorian State Governor, 2011-15), tabled his report in September 1979. Chernov said