THE END OF AN ERA
AFTER 30 years of service at News Corp, 18 as Editor of Sportsman, today’s edition is Paul Micallef’s (inset) last.
A former Editor of harness racing publication National Trotguide, Paul began working at News in 1988 in the racing department under guidance of legends Harry Pearce and Tom and Stephen Brassel.
He worked his way up to Editor of Sportsman in 2000, a role which has been carried out by some true legends of racing including ‘Banjo’ Patterson, Ken Callander, Tony Brassel, Wayne Hickson and Thomas.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at News and in particular as the Editor of Sportsman,” Micallef said.
“I would like to thank all our loyal readers, some of whom ring in and speak to me often – something which I will miss. There are people who have been buying Sportsman for 40 or 50 years and I cannot thank them enough for their amazing support.
“Also to our advertisers over the years, past and present, without you we would not have a paper. Thank you one and all. And special mention to our trackmen and contributors and our former Breeders’ Guide writer Les Young, thank you.”
Micallef’s predecessor, Tony Thomas, paid tribute to his long and successful tenure as boss of the nation’s oldest continuous formguide.
“Paul has steered the paper through some difficult times for newspapers in general and has been responsible for most, if not all, of the initiatives and changes in copy and design, etc.
“He is a very popular manager with his staff and his wonderful circle of friends here at News Corp and he will be sadly missed by all.”