Dr Mumbo loves a good front page and, having spent more than $200,000 on the Packer v Gyngell photos and video, News Corp Australia’s tabloids certainly deliver today.
Sydney Daily Telegraph kicks off with the headline “Packer Wacker” and dedicates no less than the first nine pages to the story of two 40+ years old CEOs in a street brawl.
Dr Mumbo’s favourite article is this review of the boxing styles of both men which includes the immortal line: “Wrestling and snorting, the smart money was on a Cranbrook boy — the first time in recorded history that sentence has ever been written.”
Meanwhile in the other states:
The Herald Sun went with the headline: “Billionaire dollar biffo”
The Courier Mail did: “James Whacker”
The Adelaide Advertiser did the more sedate: “Clash of the Titans”
While The Tasmanian Mercury went with: “Packin’ A Punch”
Even national broadsheet The Australian had a go with: “Mate against mate in battle of the heavy weights”
And true to form the headline contest was won by the NT News who came out with this brilliant headline:
Avid NT News readers will know it is a reworking of this famous front page.
A contender for Walkley headline of the year perhaps?