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Packer memorial goes public

Nine also plans docu celebrating mogul's life

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.

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