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The Newsman: 60 Years of Television

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‘You’ll never be journalist’s bootlace!’ During his apprenticeship in the early 1960s, Mal Walden heard these words frequently from his news editor and media mentor, John Maher. Walden not only proved his mentor wrong, he went on to become the longest-serving newsman on Australian television. From a career starting in local radio, Walden went on to TV as news anchor for ch ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Brolga Publishing Pty Ltd
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The memoirs of veteran newsreader Mal Walden were always going to be an interesting read. I just wasn't expecting it to be so interesting that I sat up late on Saturday night until I'd finished it, because I couldn't bear to put it down.

A deeply absorbing look at the early years of news in Melbourne, Australia, and at the life of Mal Walden.

Big stories that I remember from my childhood, like the Balibo Five, and Cyclone Tracy, hit me just as hard as the more recent ones I've lived through, like
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting read, which really highlights the insecurity in the TV sector.Similar to many corporate businesses.Mal was lucky to survive to the end.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fascinating insight into the tumultuous Australian television news industry. For a book written by a journalist, it had a lot of typographical errors.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very interesting read, especially the behind the scenes stories with regard to big news stories and the impact on the news team
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