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Panpa Bulletin : August September 2007
gards Mr Beeby "as a good friend to AAP". "Warren has been involved with Australian Associated Press for many years, the last six year as a director of the agency. His professional insight, support, encouragement and constructive criticism have made an enormous con- tribution to the success of the AAP. We all wish him a long, healthy and happy retirement," Mr Marshall said. In honouring Mr Beeby and News Limited's director of corporate development Malcolm Colless - who retired at the same time -- John Hartigan said both had played a key role in News Limited's growth. "From the earliest days of The Australian, through the takeover of Herald and Weekly Times, launching new papers, training new journalists, fighting for press freedom, securing copyright, launching pay TV and our online properties, they have been in the trenches when it really counted," he said. But of Mr Beeby specifically, he singled out his triumph in difficult circumstances. "There has not been a wage negotiation in our group newspapers that Warren has not been involved in over the last 25 years," Mr Hartigan said. "In the 1980s in particular, these were encounters where no prisoners were taken. Yet Warren earned both the respect and trust of the union negotiators. "When asked why -- as an editorial man -- he was attend- ing negotiations with printing unions, his reply -- invariably delivered with a large grin -- would be: 'I'm here as the hu- man face of News Limited'. How prescient that remark was. "Warren went to bat for the employees as well as the com- pany in negotiations, for he recognised the benefit to the company of maintaining proper conditions and salaries," Mr Hartigan said. It was this level of thoughtfulness and resolve that has endeared Warren to all. Mr Hartigan said the Australian landscape was different in part because of what Warren had achieved and that all in the industry had owed him a debt of thanks ... "richly deserving our appreciation and applause". Warren Beeby