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The Packers, a lost heir and the end of the media dynasties

Did Sir Frank Packer have another son? Bridget Griffen-Foley updates the family story — and documents the downfall of media dynasties — in a new foreword to her Packer biography.

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Death-defying diplomacy when Abbott’s three-ring circus rolls into Asia

Tony Abbott will be trying to appease China, Japan and South Korea on his upcoming Asian tour. Competing interests, a lack of planning and a whirlwind itinerary mean the trip will be fraught.

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Tokyo drift: Japan could prove James Packer’s trump card

James Packer’s Crown group is eyeing up the lucrative Japanese market, which is likely to soon legalise casino gambling. But he will face stiff competition to secure the sought-after licences.

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Tips and rumours

Mandarins urged to get counselling due to EBA reports … James Packer’s boat in the clear … don’t get a pollie’s face tattooed on your back …

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Packer’s Sydney arts donation a lay-down misere

Daily Review journalist Ben Neutze says James Packer’s major arts donation — in exchange for approval for his Sydney casino — raises questions around the meaning and funding of culture in Australia.

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A Birdcage flutter: how the boldly rich and beautiful spend Cup day

The Melbourne Cup Day carnival draws the rich and famous like no other event in Australia. Crikey snooped around the birdcage enclosure to see who was swilling champers with who.

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Crikey Clarifier: why is Channel Nine going public (again)?

Channel Nine has announced it is going to go public. What is on offer, and should you buy a piece of the house that Kerry built?

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The Power 50: taking care of business

Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, is the top businessperson on Crikey’s Power 50 list. Fellow miner Twiggy Forrest also makes an appearance, and media mogul James Packer is moving up in the world (and the rankings).

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Lachlan Murdoch’s grand vision for Ten, two years on

Lachlan Murdoch promised to take Channel Ten in a new direction, declaring the company to be “totally stuffed”. Has his promised turnaround in the company’s fortunes eventuated?

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Media briefs: no Biz Spec/Oz sharing … collaborative cartoons … women should …

Remember the rumours that Business Spectator and The Australian are set to share digs? It’s been kiboshed — apparently The Oz doesn’t like it. Plus other media tidbits.

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Packer biopic Power Games zapped public funds for dwindling viewers

Channel Nine’s prime-time tributes to the Packers and its television legacy were put to air with $2 million in taxpayer funds, a Crikey analysis has revealed.

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Spinning splitsville: the media mogul guide to divorce management

Celebrity splits can be a messy business. But if you’ve got the cash to run away — and control over the tabloid media — those salacious stories can disappear without a trace.

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Media briefs: Ten revenue slide … Putin’s catch … Tele’s hellhole …

Channel Ten is losing money rapidly, but it might have a better second half of the year.

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The smart business move is get the hell out of print

James Packer is right to slam Macquarie Group CEO Nicholas Moore for a series of poor business decisions. Print media, as the investors should know by now, doesn’t pay.

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Ugly billionaires dance on grave of independent journalism

James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch dance on the grave of Fairfax while its newspapers fail to properly scrutinise their power and influence. The recent story of Fairfax is one of independence cut short.

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Packer, Murdoch mingle at book launch — but did they kill Fairfax?

James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch seemed to have plenty to talk about as they mingled at the Sydney launch of journalist Pamela Williams’ book Killing Fairfax. And News Corp staff were everywhere …

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The Killing Fairfax cheat sheet: Packer loves boats, hates criticism

Killing Fairfax, by Fairfax journalist Pamela Williams, is out today. Crikey has sped-read it to give you the juiciest revelations …

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Hey Australia, do you really want Packer’s casino to define Sydney?

Journalist and author Jonathan Englert says Australia should think twice before making James Packer’s new casino the face of Australia.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Don’t believe a word politicians say; their policies aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. Plus other political views noted along the way.

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Let the chips fall where they may: mapping Packer’s empire

James Packer won big when Crown was granted a gaming licence for a facility at Barangaroo, but as Crikey’s map of the company’s international portfolio shows, there’s plenty more where that came from.

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Our Wimbledon balls-up

Crown cronyism Alan Baird writes: Re. “O’Farrell breaks promise, gifts $250m to Packer in two days” (Friday). For someone who dabbles in the doings of the sharemarket, Stephen Mayne has remained remarkably “at arm’s length” regarding the shenanigans from Crown, O’Farrell and the unlamented dross from the NSW ALP Right, following role model Richo. In addition […]

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O’Farrell breaks promise, gifts $250m to Packer in two days

The market loves the deal to give James Packer’s Crown a new casino licence in Sydney. But NSW taxpayers aren’t on as safe a bet as they think they are.

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Murdochs, Packers and Lowys take different paths to power and wealth

The Murdochs, Packers and Lowys were once the wealthiest families in Australia. The mining boom gave rise to the likes of Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer, who exercise their power in very different ways.

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Packer cuts his Echo losses and goes all-in on Barangaroo

James Packer courted rival casino group Echo Entertainment and ousted its chairman only to sell out yesterday and bet the house on his planned Barangaroo casino development.

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Media briefs: global Convo … ‘magic pudding’ … scoop wars …

The Convo goes global. The good news keeps coming for The Conversation — the website, led by former Age editor-in-chief Andrew Jaspan, featuring news and anlysis from academics. Two days after receiving tax deductability status and $2 million in federal government funding, the site has launched a UK version (Crikey told you it was coming in February). The British site […]

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