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Glenn Dyer

Glenn Dyer —

Crikey business and media commentator

PBL's tax strategies

PBL's tax strategies

The Packer family’s PBL is an experienced tax system player when it comes to extracting maximum value from its lawyers, advisers and wide-spread business operations. And nowhere was this clearer than in today’s 2005 results, which show that once again it’s paid tax at substantially less than the required 30% corporate rate. In fact the […]

Chisholm's end of financial year clean out

Chisholm's end of financial year clean out

It’s no wonder Sam Chisholm has wielded a very big and bloody axe at the Nine Network’s stations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The PBL annual profit statement reveals the damage done from a blow out in costs and a slow down in advertising income in the last six months of the year to June. […]

Nine's bloody profit result

Nine's bloody profit result

It’s no wonder Sam Chisholm has wielded a very big and bloody axe at the Nine Network. Today’s PBL annual profit statement reveals the damage done from a blowout in costs and a slowdown in advertising income in the last six months of the year to June. Sam’s end of financial year cleanout in the […]

Sunday business shows

Sunday business shows

Another attempt by the Nine Network’s Business Sunday to remain on the pace – or to be ahead of the pace – yesterday. Indeed, an aggravating overuse of the word “indeed” by host Ali Moore at the start of the program when discussing the impact of Hurricane Katrina: three times within five minutes. Arrrgghhh! It […]

Happy days for Southern Cross

Happy days for Southern Cross

Southern Cross Broadcasting’s Tony Bell was a happy soul yesterday, despite having to rush his company’s results out a day earlier than planned to avoid being caught up in the release of the PBL figures. That ebullience was reflected in the early stockmarket reaction to the profit announcement, with the shares up 54 cents at […]

Lothringer sent to Channel 9 limbo

Lothringer sent to Channel 9 limbo

So despite the denials from Nine, its national sales boss, Vance Lothringer, has been replaced by Paul Waldren of Melbourne. Vance is off to the Nine equivalent of “God’s waiting room” – where unwanted executives are exiled to when they fall out in a power shuffle. Lothringer’s departure has been speculated upon for more than […]

Chris Corrigan's challenge

Chris Corrigan's challenge

It should be clear to everyone in the financial markets now watching the takeover bid for Patrick, that Virgin Blue will have to be jettisoned by Chris Corrigan if he is to fight off Toll. Whether Corrigan understands that and how Patrick has to quit Virgin Blue to fight off Toll, is still very much […]

Seven's on a roll -- but has it come at too high a price?

Seven's on a roll -- but has it come at too high a price?

It was a confident Seven Network this morning. On the day it matched previous promises on earnings and produced no unwelcome surprises to investors, there were full page ads in the SMH and Daily Tele boasting about how they’re now number one in news. In Sydney certainly, and nationally, but not in Brisbane or in […]

Australia's Idol fatigue

Australia's Idol fatigue

After the first four weeks of the 2005 season of Australian idol, it’s clear that the Ten Network has a problem. Australians are tuning in, but not in the numbers they did last year. Call it fatigue, a surfeit of Big Brother and don’t mention the X-Factor failure, but Idol is no longer as cool […]

Seven ignores its own advice and wounds 24

Seven ignores its own advice and wounds 24

A few years back, Seven commissioned some research into why the ratings of drama (particularly crime drama) were dropping over the course of long series which had continuous storylines. It showed that if a viewer misses two episodes of series, they’re unlikely to return to it, believing they’ve missed too much of the story. So […]