5. Magazine Queens: The End Of An Extraordinary Era

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5. Magazine Queens: The End Of An Extraordinary Era

It’s heading towards the end of magazines’ influential heyday. The magazine queens are contemplating their next moves as circulation drops and iconic titles begin to wobble. 

For Mamamia’s Founder and Creative Director Mia Freedman, working in magazines was a lifelong dream. One she realised, and then some. In this final episode of Extraordinary Stories, Mia and Bronwyn McCahon talk about the incredible places they got to go and people they got to meet in their magazine heydays and also, what it was like to see the wave of the Internet crashing towards the glossy-mag empire and to be saying, “Um, shouldn’t we… do something about this?” 


With thanks to Mia Freedman.

Bronwyn McCahon.

Bridget Griffen-Foley.

Paula Joye.

Louisa Hatfield.

And everyone involved in this extraordinary story. 

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Host: Emma Gillespie

Writers: Melanie Sauer, Emma Gillespie and Holly Wainwright

Producers: Melanie Sauerand Emma Gillespie

Audio Production: Elissa Ratliff and Madeline Joannou

Executive Producer: Holly Wainwright and Elissa Ratliff

Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.