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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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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

Crikey Clarifier: Lowy loses, so what now for Westfield?

Yesterday was a rough day for Australia’s second-richest man, with the future of his shopping centre empire uncertain.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

Westfield fate to go down to the wire

Westfield’s proposed restructure will be decided by unitholders this afternoon, with founder Frank Lowy saying the vote could go either way.

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Ten’s Wake Up call: why news cuts won’t save the network

The problems at the Ten Network go well beyond its ill-fated breakfast show. Poor programming decisions are cruelling the No. 3 network, write Myriam Robin and Glenn Dyer.

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Comeback kid: can Tinkler revive a dead mine — and his own fortunes?

Nathan Tinkler has somehow raised $150 million to buy a mothballed coal mine. But will he manage to stump up the cash to actually operate it?

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GLENN DYER | PLAYERS |

Forget ITV, the real story is that Ten’s owners are looking to sell

There have been reports that UK commercial channel ITV is thinking about buying a stake in Channel Ten. This is rubbish.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS |

When Tinkler plays politics, ICAC has some tough questions

Disgraced former billionaire Nathan Tinkler is the latest big name to take the stand at ICAC, facing questions about an industrial development in Newcastle.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | PLAYERS |

A lot of moolah for a mogul melee … will it pay off for News Corp?

What you do when you don’t own the photos to the mogul punch-up of the decade. And what you do when you do. Will News Corp’s expensive scoop pay off?

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