Metro magazine founder Warwick Roger dies at 72

by RNZ / 18 August, 2018

 Warwick Roger received the Insignia of an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit, for services to journalism, in September 2008. Photo /  gg.govt.nzThe pioneering magazine editor, Warwick Roger, has died at the age of 72.

Once described as the best New Zealand journalist of his generation, Mr Roger changed the face of magazines in this country.

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.

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.

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.


This article was originally published by RNZ.

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