Friday, June 22, 2012

I bet Gina Rinehart couldn’t do this

She may be the richest woman in the world and about to steer the supertanker Fairfax from left to right as it downsizes the Sydney Morning Herald and Age to tabloid format, but can Gina Rinehart match Rupert Murdoch in depth of knowledge of the industry? Via Tim Blair:
The story is told in one Murdoch biography (Murdoch by William Shawcross) that shortly after purchasing London’s Sun he decided to have it printed as a tabloid. Told by his printers that the broadsheet presses he owned could not print a tabloid, Murdoch informed his employees that their printing presses were originally supplied with bars designed to fold pages to tabloid size. The head printer, Shawcross reports, denied this. Whereupon the publisher removed his suit coat and jumped up onto the press. “In a box at the top of the machine,” writes Shawcross, Murdoch “found the bar in question wrapped in sacking and covered in ink and grime. The printers were impressed.”

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