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Fairfax began expanding in the 1960s, acquiring, among others, The Age, The Newcastle Herald and the Illawarra Mercury.In 1979, Rupert Murdoch attempted to take over rival The Herald and Weekly Times.Fairfax of Rural Press, saw the return of the Fairfax family to the company board.The company also gained a number of other regional newspapers, radio stations and websites; plus agricultural publications in various countries.Due to Australian government concerns over media consolidation that limited any single foreign shareholder holding more than 25% interest in national and metropolitan newspapers, In August 2005, Fairfax ended its 16-month search for a new chief executive officer with David Kirk, a former Rugby Union World Cup winning captain of the New Zealand All Blacks being appointed to replace departing CEO Fred Hilmer.David Kirk got the job ahead of Fairfax COO Brian Evans (former head of Fairfax New Zealand) and Doug Flynn, who took the top job at UK Pest control company Rentokil after negotiations with Fairfax broke off.
It featured breaking news updated "every 15 minutes".
The Fairfax family lost control of the company in December 1990.
It was renamed from John Fairfax Holdings to Fairfax Media in 2007.
Graham Mott will continue in his role as general manager of the broadcast radio group under Fairfax.
Mott indicated at the time of the acquisition that national syndication of programming (such as that of the since-retired John Laws) would largely be replaced on the network with more localised syndication at a state level. Fairfax and his family investment company, Marinya Media, sold their remaining 9.7 percent stake in Fairfax Media for A9 million.The number of printed edition readers has fallen since at least 2006 and the group's stock price has declined by more than 60 percent since 2007, to less than A billion by September 2011, and by 85 percent at June 2012.