||[Jul. 4th, 2009|05:22 pm]
Frank Devine who died last night (SMH) was almost certainly Editor in Chief of Reader's Digest Australia when I joined the staff of the Digest in 1976. Here he writes about the Digest describing it as in a "tottery condition"
I wouldn't have been aware of his death if I hadn't read this short piece from the Australian Sex Party.
Saturday, 04 July 2009 00:50
Australian journalism is the poorer today after the death of long time News Ltd journalist, Frank Devine. Frank was a natural conservative and a strong advocate of the Catholic faith but he wrote quite a few sensible and witty columns about the sex industry. In discussions with the Eros Association he was always the devil’s advocate on the surface but underneath his conservative exterior - pragmatism, public health and his own natural ease with sexuality made him a reluctant ally.
one of the videos I took in Canberra (Fiona Patten speech) can be found on the ASP videos page
From recall and even though I had almost no contact with him I found Frank Devine somewhat overbearing but he was liked a great deal by some members of staff. His remarks about the seeming "greediness" of the charities that inherited much of the Digest doesn't go unnoticed.
BTW: The blocked video on the Michael Jackson YouTube channel referred to in my earlier posting is no longer blocked in Australia and the number of views for the "Beat It" music video has jumped from 26 million to over 31 million.
Reader's Digest adopted a right wing anti-censorship stance deploring censorship in the former Soviet Union from about 1945 until the fall of the Berlin wall and the demise of the Soviet State when the Digest finally introduced a Russian edition of the magazine. The issue was freedom of expression and of citizens to free speech.