Bruce Guthrie survived tuberculosis, Melbourne's gritty northern suburbs and a boss who twice tried to sack him in his first six months in newspapers, to become a foreign correspondent and then one of Australia's feistiest and most controversial editors. His CV boasts editorships of The Age, The Sunday Age and the Herald Sun, magazines Who Weekly and The Weekend Australian, even a high level stint at America's celeb-news bible, People. Then, just as he claimed one of the industry's most glittering prizes, he fell foul of Rupert Murdoch and his henchmen, who promptly dispensed with his services. What would any self-respecting Broadmeadows boy do in such circumstances? Sue them, of course.
Bruce Guthrie began his media career as a copyboy at The Herald in Melbourne in 1971. After completing a cadetship, he worked in a variety of reporting roles for the paper until 1985, when he was appointed the Herald and Weekly Times' Los Angeles correspondent. In 1987 he returned to Australia and became deputy editor of The Herald, leaving two years later to help launch the Sunday Age as Deputy Editor. He was appointed editor of that paper in 1992 and editor of The Age in 1995. He joined Time Inc as a senior editor at People magazine in New York in 1998, and became editor of Who Weekly a year later. By 2003 he was editorial director of Time Inc Magazines Australia. In 2004, he returned to News Limited as editor of The Weekend Australian Magazine and was also editor in chief of Wish Magazine since October 2005. He was appointed Editor In Chief of the Herald Sun, Australia's largest selling daily newspaper, in February 2007-a role he filled until his sensational exit in November 2008.