Hall of Fame

Peter Isaacson

1920 -

Isaacson started out as a messenger boy at The Age and ended his media career as the largest independent publisher in the country. After a dashing and much-decorated spell as an RAAF pilot during WW2, he established his first newspaper, The Elsternwick Advertiser (later the Southern Cross), in 1947 and set up Peter Isaacson Publications. He capitalised on the need for local news and the emergence of shopping centres that enabled regionally-targeted advertising, building a healthy stable of suburban papers and business-to-business publications that helped transform specialist papers in Australia. Among his 60 Australian titles were dozens of industry publications and The Sunday Observer.

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Receiving award at Hall of Fame dinner (1:21)