24 December 2015
I extend my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of newspaper publisher Chris McPherson, who passed away on Monday.
As the former managing director of The News and member of the McPherson Family, Chris inspired many young journalists and news makers within the rural and regional publishing group.
Based in Shepparton, the McPherson Group manages numerous regional newspaper and magazine titles that are important for generating the local content that supports communities. The McPherson Group is the oldest family-owned newspaper group in Australasia and one of just three independent groups publishing daily newspapers.
Mr McPherson was recognised for his contribution to regional newspapers with a life membership of the Victorian Country Press Association.
He was also an active community member leading the Shepparton Apex Club, director of the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE and working with the Goulburn Valley Grammar School.
My thoughts are with his family and friends.