Feb 12, 2013

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

Antony Catalano’s Melbourne publishing empire has taken 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 yesterday afternoon – obtained by Crikey – The 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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