IT was aptly a headline-grabbing event celebrating the 25-year milestone of a news powerhouse.
About 350 prominent Melburnians gathered to honour the Herald Sun at a star-studded party at The Emerson in South Yarra last night.
Powerbrokers, including Eddie McGuire, Michael Gudinski, Jeanne Pratt, Robert Doyle and Jeff Kennett, joined legends, like Ian “Molly” Meldrum, Daryl Somers, Bert Newton and John Elliott, to pay tribute to Australia’s top-selling newspaper.
“The 25 years since 1990 have been so full of watching Melbourne become the most liveable city and the Herald Sun has been the heartbeat of that,” McGuire said.
The Magpies president’s beloved AFL team made front-page news, with the headline “Lethal’s Weapon”, in the very first issue of the Herald Sun on October 8, 1990.
“What (better) way for an institution in this wonderful city of Melbourne to start than a premiership win by the Collingwood Football Club,” McGuire beamed.
Television legend Newton said: “Melbourne is a great city but it’s made even better by institutions like the Herald Sun.
“I can’t imagine Melbourne without it.
“I’m a Melbourne boy, born and bred, and the Herald Sun is one of the important traditions of living here.”
Acclaimed chef Shane Delia, of Maha, prepared a celebratory menu, while popular Sony Music stars Kate Ceberano and Nathaniel enhanced the night with song.
Aerial artist Simi Maie, from Sapphira’s Showgirls, dazzled the crowd by performing on silk ropes.
Broadcaster and comedian Dave Hughes put a hilarious spin on proceedings with a roast and toast to Victoria’s favourite masthead.
Hughes said: “I used to read The Sun when I was a kid and now my kid is doing the same with the Herald Sun, cutting out the footy pictures like I did. The paper has been a big part of my life.”
News presenter Jennifer Keyte, who was master of ceremonies, said: “I remember when it became the Herald Sun and it was a new era and we thought it was a major change for media. Little did we know what was going to happen in the future.
“To consolidate and make it the one Melbourne paper was a great move and it’s just gone from strength to strength. I’m really honoured to be part of this celebration because it means so much … It’s such a big part of Melbourne.”
Originally published in The Herald Sun