BY ALANA HOUSE, editor of iVillage Australia.
After drying my tears from Paper Giants 2 on ABC-TV last night, I started reminiscing about my own Mag Wars.
I was working at Cosmopolitan magazine (as deputy to my current boss, Mia Freedman – ah the more things change the more they stay the same) when Nick Chan approached me to be deputy editor of Woman’s Day.
He told me being deputy was safer, less scary than being in the direct line of Kerry Packer’s fire. He sent me to meet the editor, Bob Cameron, who freaked me out with his talk of fax machines under the bed for late-night photo bidding.
I like my sleep, I didn’t fancy late-night photo bidding and fax machines under my bed. So I turned him down.
I was also young and foolish and ridiculously snobbish about weekly magazines. If I was going to make the move – downmarket, as I regarded it – I would be editor, nothing less.