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GLENN DYER | PLAYERS | 1

Kim Williams’ lucrative gift to News keeping the empire afloat

News Corp’s relentless attacks on former CEO Kim Williams belie a fundamental truth: Williams’ management of Foxtel was a financial boon for the company.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS | 2 UNLOCK?

The murky world of Tinkler’s Maules Creek approval revealed

More corruption and skulduggery has emerged in ICAC hearings, with Nathan Tinkler involved in much of it.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS | 3 UNLOCK?

Tinkler’s last roll of the dice to get back into the coal game

Nathan Tinkler wants back into the coal industry. But with three days left to raise some $40 million, has he bitten off more than he can chew?

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PLAYERS | 5 UNLOCK?

How The Australian was protected from the cuts

Secret documents reveal News Corp is bleeding money, with The Australian in the worst shape. But Rupert’s favourite plaything seems to have been inoculated against the staff and budget cuts that hit the company’s other assets. Paddy Manning and Myriam Robin report.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS | 9

Why Telstra’s David Thodey is filthy, filthy rich

Along with its strong full-year profit results, Telstra today published its remuneration report for 2013-14. It shows David Thodey’s total remuneration in the five full years since he became chief executive in May 2009 has reached $33 million.

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‘We know where we’re going’: Murdoch calms the horses on Time Warner bid

All anyone wanted to talk about at the Fox briefing was the Time Warner bid, Crikey business writers Glenn Dyer and Paddy Manning report.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS | 4

‘The bust is already here’: can Rinehart make Galilee coal profitable?

GVK Hancock is betting a lot on its Galilee Basin coal project. But with angry neighbours and falling coal prices, will they really hit pay dirt?

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What Murdoch really gets out of Time Warner (and it’s not Westeros)

Why does Rupert Murdoch want to buy Time Warner? It’s not for HBO — he might just want to take on a little American network called ESPN. Crikey business writers Paddy Manning and Glenn Dyer explain.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

Israel still pulls business heavy hitters, but Palestine off the table

The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce has some big connections in the business world — and they are far too polite (and politic) to mention the current unpleasantness in Gaza.

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ADAM SCHWAB | PLAYERS |

Prime Trust directors face class action for alleged secret bonus payments

Bill Lewski and fellow Prime Trust directors, already found guilty of corporate law breaches by the Federal Court, now face a class action for allegedly authorising secret multi-million dollar payments for themselves.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

Meet Jack Tilburn, the octogenarian firebrand holding fat cats to account

Australia’s first shareholder activist is still holding court in AGMs around the country — but does he speak for all shareholders?

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

A gerrymander to make Sir Joh proud: how the Time Warner deal would cement the Murdoch clan

What happens next is difficult to predict as Time Warner offer dwarfs all other bids in Murdoch’s acquisition history.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

Sentiment and realism collide as DJs goes offshore

And so DJs has been sold to the highest bidder — a South African company. What does shareholder Solomon Lew do next?

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The plot thickens surrounding Tinkler’s mysterious buyers

Cibola Capital, a so-called UAE private investment group, has supposedly bought Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm. But freelance writer Kiwa Fisher finds that if you scratch the surface, the tale — and the sale — might not hold up to much scrutiny.

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Who’s who on the Rich List?

Fairfax’s annual Rich List came out last week, but who’s on it? Where did they make their money? And is there any threat to Gina’s crown? Infographic specialist Jake Stevens breaks it down.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

Solomon Lew’s clever — and technically legal — play for DJs true to form

Solomon Lew is no stranger to the revenge business — and he usually ends up getting what he wants.

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DAVID LLEWELLYN-SMITH | PLAYERS |

APRA chief John Laker leaves, with questions in his wake

John Laker leaves APRA — and his long reign is heralded by some as a success. But don’t forget the role of APRA in allowing a problematic foreign-borrowing before the GFC …

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ADAM SCHWAB | PLAYERS |

Meet the highly paid business matchmakers accountable to no one

Myer hired a highly paid executive on the recommendation of a recruitment firm, then quickly fired him when his CV turned out not to be all it had seemed. What do recruiters do, anyway?

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

BRW Rich List: Rinehart, Palmer’s fortunes fall, but Fairfax falls the most

The Rich 200 List used to be a must-read for those interested in the rich and (sometimes) famous. But Fairfax’s slimmed-down effort now offers very little detail.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

Mayne: compulsory civic service not such a bad idea

Venture capitalist Mark Carnegie raised eyebrows when he called for compulsory civic service in the inaugural Di Gribble Argument last night. Stephen Mayne was there for the bunfight.

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The shadowy, bizarre company that bought Tinkler’s stud

Nathan Tinkler announced he has sold his horse stud to private investment group Cibola Capital. Freelance writer Kiwa Fisher investigates Cibola — and finds animal cruelty, an Olympian and very murky waters.

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MARCUS PADLEY | PLAYERS |

Morning Market Report

The local market stayed buoyant, but that wasn’t the case worldwide.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PLAYERS |

Chris Mitchell, happy to remain anonymous, peeks out of the shadows

Man of mystery Chris Mitchell has made a rare public appearance at an event in Sydney. The editor-in-chief of The Oz defended his paper’s campaigning journalism and explained why he uses Twitter to keep an eye on his staff

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PLAYERS |

How Bolt is setting the Liberal agenda

Andrew Bolt’s policy objectives line up neatly with the Liberal Party’s.

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How to get yourself on the News Corp enemies list — fast

Did former Murdoch lieutenant Ken Cowley unload on News Corp in an interview with its bitter rival? He’s backtracked, but it might be too late …

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