Feb 11, 2013

‘How big are your balls?!’: Fairfax v News in Geelong ad war

Antony Catalano's Melbourne publishing empire will take a real estate agent to court over deals with the News Limited-owned Geelong Advertiser. It's an old-fashioned newspaper war in Victoria.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

Fairfax and News Limited stand on the brink of a 1990s-style newspaper war after the part-Fairfax owned Weekly Review group slapped a writ on a leading Geelong real estate agent for breach of contract.

In a dramatic $1.4 million statement of claim filed in the Victorian County Court this afternoon — obtained by Crikey — Weekly Review publisher MMP Greater Geelong alleges Danny Hayes, managing director of boutique agent Hayeswinckle, accepted rebates, secret commissions and a diamond ring from the News Limited-owned Geelong Advertiser to transfer advertising to News, despite being a major MMP shareholder.

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3 thoughts on “‘How big are your balls?!’: Fairfax v News in Geelong ad war

  1. Suzanne Blake

    Speaking of Media. Did you hear today AFP investigating Parliament House (Canberra) employee who was posting pro ALP stuff on blog sites.

    @Jimmy are are you still with us?

  2. Jon Douglas

    Well, I for one have sent this to the ACCC. How VERY interesting.

  3. Tim nash

    All the commercial Radio stations in Newcastle are pretty much the same as they were 20 years ago. They even play the same music and even the same adverts.

    Like B.K has pointed out many times the internet (smartphones) is starting to effect the listening market.

    Why would you want to listen to advert after advert, when you can listen to your own music playlist or a podcast.

    Some of the hardened commercial radio listeners are starting to waver, or retire.

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