Andrew Hornery

Andrew Hornery

Senior journalist Andrew Hornery is the man behind The Sydney Morning Herald's Private Sydney column, keeping tabs on everyone from socialites to social climbers. If they are worth knowing about, you can bet they are on the PS radar.

Simmering tensions explode: James Packer and David Gyngell exchange blows like schoolboys

Andrew Hornery They are more like brothers than friends, but on a bright Sunday afternoon James Packer and David Gyngell exchanged blows and wrestled on a busy footpath outside the media mogul’s Bondi Beach...

Photos of James Packer and David Gyngell punch-up understood to have sold for more than $200,000

Lachlan Murdoch.

Andrew Hornery Explosive photographs and video footage of a punch-up between James Packer and David Gyngell are understood to have sold for more than $200,000 - to one of Packer's best friends.

Fist fight

James Packer and David Gyngell: the best and worst of friends

James Packer

Andrew Hornery They were the best of friends for 35 years, but, on Sunday afternoon, in broad daylight and on one of the busiest streets in the country, James Packer and David Gyngell were exchanging blows and...

Fist fight

James Packer and David Gyngell punch and wrestle each other in Bondi

Andrew Hornery A set of explosive photos showing billionaire gaming mogul James Packer embroiled in a vicious fist fight with his former best man and boss of Nine Entertainment Group David Gyngell, have hit the...

The Logies were a bumpy night

kylie minogue and gina liano

Andrew Hornery Live by the pen, die by the pen. For a gossip columnist, it's a mantra I've lived by for a long time.

Humble pie not so hard to swallow

Andrew Hornery Private Sydney PS dinkus

Andrew Hornery The timing could not have been worse for celebrity chef Justin North this week.

Ian Ross, the 'good guy' of TV news, loses battle with cancer


Andrew Hornery In the end it was kidney failure that claimed the life of broadcaster Ian Ross, who died at the Gold Coast's John Flynn Hospital at 3.

Media veteran

Ian Ross remained positive while facing overwhelming odds


Andrew Hornery When Ian Ross revealed he was facing a grim prognosis after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he opted to do just one interview in the hope he could "get on with it in peace".


Logies Red Carpet: The walk is long, the necklines low, but Kylie Minogue still outranks the lot

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27:  Kylie Minogue arrives at the 2014 Logie Awards at Crown Palladium on April 27, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Andrew Hornery The TV Week Logies is a marathon, and it's not just about the race to nab a coveted statuette.

Life in splitsville

Andrew Hornery All's fair in love and war and to the victor go the spoils, right?

The trivial pursuit of Prince William and Kate


Andrew Hornery This is not a Royal tour, this is royal torture.

Private Sydney: Why Jodhi could talk the talk

Johdi Meares

Andrew Hornery Circle of trust: Ros Packer at last year's Melbourne Cup.

Plenty of people, but few Jacks on hand


Andrew Hornery As far as crowds go, the thousands who packed into the Sydney Opera House to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were more the sort of throng that follows the likes of Lady Gaga or British boy...

Low-key affair

Elton John's party fizzer

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Andrew Hornery My heart skipped a beat when news broke that Elton John and his long-time partner, David Furnish, were planning to get married.

Sex sells

Nicole Kidman: daring or desperate?

Nicole Kidman

Andrew Hornery The old advertising adage that ''sex sells'' is very much alive and kicking, especially when it comes to celebrity endorsements.

Private Sydney

DJs packs in Packer women and pals

Rachael Taylor.

Park Avenue Monday?s at 9.15pm on FOX8

Andrew Hornery It would be every Sydney shopkeeper's fantasy to have three generations of Packer women in store for the day, and on Friday David Jones chief executive Paul Zahra was living it.

Model provocateur: desperate measures for Miranda Kerr

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Andrew Hornery Madonna mastered it years ago, now Miranda Kerr is giving it a whirl.

Candice Falzon: comeback queen


Andrew Hornery These days a good scandal can create an instant celebrity, a la Kim Kardashian's sex tape, but it is those established celebrities who end up being engulfed by scandal who walk a long and winding...

Murdochs will still call Sydney home

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Andrew Hornery The frenetic life which awaits Lachlan Murdoch as one of the most powerful men in New York is a universe away from the quieter and blissfully domestic world he has built with wife Sarah and their...

Ginia Rinehart's bodyguard dies after cardiac arrest in London hotel suite

Ginia Rinehart

Andrew Hornery It has all the hallmarks of a Hollywood script: a grieving wealthy Australian heiress, a suite at London's luxurious Dorchester Hotel and a dead bodyguard, who was an Australian war hero.