Metro magazine founder Warwick Roger dies at 72by RNZ
The pioneering magazine editor, Warwick Roger, has died at the age of 72.
He worked at several newspapers, becoming a feature writer and columnist, before being appointed in 1981 as founding editor of Metro - the country's first glossy city magazine.
It mixed gossip, style and serious journalism, and sales peaked in 1991 at 40,000 per issue.
We went into Bauer archives today and found the first Metro staffshot. RIP Warwick Roger: who spurned the editor’s photo on his editorials. pic.twitter.com/n5KZ6AkCeM— jenny nicholls (@jmnicholls) August 18, 2018
Mr Roger contributed articles, opinion pieces and the Felicity Ferret gossip column.
In 1994 he left Metro after a defamation suit by fellow journalist Toni McRae, which cost the magazine a $100,000.
Mr Roger had also been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which led him to comment that he had become mildly-famous for being slightly-ill.
Divorced and remarried, he continued to work as editor-at-large for North & South, edited by his wife Robyn Langwell.
NZ has lost a trailblazing giant of journalism with the death of Warwick Roger. His legacy lives on.— Donna Chisholm (@Donna_Chisholm) August 17, 2018
He also published a number of books.
Warwick Roger is survived by four children - a son and daughter from his first marriage, and two daughters from his second.
Very sad news. The magnificent editor and journalist Warwick Roger has died. It was the privilege of my career to edit the magazine, @MetroMagNZ, that he founded and made so great.— Simon Wilson (@simonbwilson) August 17, 2018
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