The Sportsman Weekend - - News -

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.”

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