Yaffa Media's father figure dies, aged 84

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David Yaffa - the man who turned a family business based on printing and a newspaper block service into today's magazine and events media house - has died aged 84.

Aged just 13 when his father, the business's founder, died, he took control at 21, building the Yaffa Media business headed today by his daughter Tracy.

David Yaffa senior had founded the Australian company in 1925 and launched the monthly Newspaper News (later AdNews) in 1928. A printing company, Rotary Colorprint produced his own magazines as well as contract work including Phantom comics and Reader's Digest.

David Yaffa is credited with building most of today's business, much of it through acquisition, and adding events company Two de Force and its digital division. He retired in 2012, handing the reins to his daughter Tracy. An AdNews obituary today says he will be remembered most for his love of the media. "His knowledge and experience with magazines for almost 60 years was unrivalled."

Tracy Yaffa described him as "a true publishing giant and unique gentleman".

Picture: David Yaffa (photo AdNews)

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