Lisa Wilkinson remembers fiery conflict with late media mogul Kerry Packer over nude photographs
Lisa Wilkinson reveals she was ‘nearly sacked’ throughout an argument with Kerry Packer after she banned nude centrefolds in Cleo journal
Lisa Wilkinson has opened up concerning the argument she had with late media govt Kerry Packer over the nude centrefolds in Cleo journal.
The incident befell when Wilkinson, then 25, took over because the editor of the Packer-owned girls’s journal.
Her first transfer as editor was to axe the publication’s nude male centrefolds and substitute them with a extra tasteful Bachelor of the 12 months competitors.
Drama: Lisa Wilkinson has opened up a couple of conflict she had with late media titan Kerry Packer over the nude centerfolds in Cleo journal
She did so with out informing Packer first, which resulted in her receiving a livid telephone name from the businessman.
Describing the incident on Anh’s Brush With Fame, Wilkinson mentioned: ‘I breezily seize the telephone and mentioned “Hello Kerry!” He mentioned, “What the [blank] are you doing to my journal?”‘
Wilkinson defined that she knew the choice was proper for the journal, she simply needed to persuade Packer first.
‘What the [blank] are you doing to my journal?’: Wilkinson revealed that Packer was livid when he came upon she was axing the nude centrefold part of the journal
‘I placed on my large woman pants and I mentioned, “Kerry. Anybody who thinks that this journal must languish within the ’70s any longer shouldn’t be working in magazines. The centrefold has obtained to go. It’s a really sturdy assertion, and in case you have an issue with it, I’ll come and see you proper now.”
‘I assumed, I’m both about to be sacked, or he’s going to determine I do know what I’m speaking about. He mentioned to me: “Nicely you’d higher know what you’re effing doing,” and hung up on me.’
Wilkinson removed the centerfolds in 1985, which made the journal extra standard than ever.
‘Kerry. Anybody who thinks that this journal must languish within the ’70s any longer shouldn’t be working in magazines,’ Wilkinson informed the media mogul in a tense telephone name
Raunchy: Wilkinson removed the centrefolds in 1985, which made the journal extra standard than ever. (Pictured Jack Thompson)
‘Within the 10 years we had been there we turned the primary girls’s way of life magazine per capita on the earth. We simply moved it ahead – you’ve gotta hold shifting,’ she mentioned.
Her bravery earned her reward from Cleo’s founding editor Ita Buttrose, who praised her choice to axe the saucy unfold.
‘I used to be so sturdy in my perception that it was time for it to go. I heard from Ita not lengthy afterwards and she or he mentioned, “Thank heavens somebody’s had the braveness to do away with the centrefold”,’ she mentioned.
‘I used to be so sturdy in my perception that it was time for it to go,’ she defined
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