Journalists often don't realise the impact their stories can have, and until informed by Crikey yesterday, The Australian Financial Review’s Rear Window gossip columnist Joe Aston had no idea that he was a central player in the breakdown of relations between Seven West Media and Amber Harrison.

Seven had reached a hard-fought agreement with Harrison on the intertwined issues of her sexual relationship with CEO Tim Worner, redundancy and expenses claimed on the Seven credit card when she was executive assistant to then-Pacific Magazines CEO Nick Chan.

A second deed had been signed, progressive payments were being made and confidentiality had been observed.