Murdoch to attend The Oz’s 50th anniversary

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch will attend a special dinner to mark the 50th anniversary of The Australian, the national newspaper he founded and launched in Canberra on July 15, 1964.

He will be joined by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and leaders from the fields of politics, business, the arts, education, sport and indigenous affairs, as well as editorial executives and management, past and present.

Mr Abbott began his career on The Australian after graduating from Sydney University and became a leader writer, a prized position for a journalist.

The dinner will be held on July 15 – the date of the first issue.  The event will be the culmination of a multi-platform editorial celebration in the lead-up to the anniversary, a key element of which is series covering 50 years in 50 days.

The Australian’s chief executive Nicholas Gray said the paper had been a part of the nation’s history over the past 50 years.

“During the 50 editions counting down to our birthday we are looking back, a year at a time, at the big stories that have shaped our nation, and the world, and how The Australian covered them,” Mr Gray said.

“We are exploring these stories and events across all of our platforms, and inviting our readers to share their perspective as well.”

In paper, the editorial series features key front pages and discusses the major stories from each year. Online, News’ new Captivate storytelling platform will showcase in-depth accounts of the events that shaped each of the last 50 years, through interactive galleries, images, cartoons and video.

“We’ve had a great response from readers to date – many of whom have shared their own stories and reflections on the history of our nation and the paper,” Mr Gray said.

“We’ve also had a strong response in social – sparking some great discussions about key, and sometimes controversial, moments in Australian history.”

Readers are able to contribute their own stories by sending them to Aus50@theaustralian.com.au.

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