In1986 the Hawke government was manouevering – as no Labour government had before – to plug itself into the power of Australia’s print and electronic media.  By 1989 its campaign to stroke its media mates and punish its enemies had transformed the industry that provides a democracy’s most precious commodities:  news, ideas and opinions.  Commercial TV was controlled by three American-style owners.   This book explores the unprecedented upheaval of political deals and takeover battles and tackles issues largely neglected by the mainstream media, affected as they are by the self-interest of their owners a concentration of media power that is ‘intolerably dangerous’.