Oz media mogul Kerry Packer, who died Dec. 26 at age 68, will be given a public memorial broadcast live on his Nine Network on Feb. 17, it was announced on Tuesday.
Such events are usually reserved for those who hold public office; the event will be taxpayer-funded despite the fact that Packer was Australia’s richest man.
Members of the public can attend but must call to register a place at the memorial, which will be held at Sydney’s iconic Opera House.
Nine also plans a documentary celebrating the mogul’s life, from veteran producers Peter Hiscock and Ben Hawke (“60 Minutes,” “Sunday”).
The one-hour docu is expected to air in the lead up to the memorial and will likely also be available on DVD.
A half-hour news special broadcast the day after Packer died rated 1.2 million, which are numbers that an Oz drama would be happy with these days.