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Glenn Dyer

Glenn Dyer —

Crikey business and media commentator

Gerry Harvey's sales spin

Gerry Harvey's sales spin

Gerry Harvey must be laughing this morning at the ease with which he spun a poor sales result to the media and investment analysts yesterday. He released a statement yesterday saying that group sales rose 10.6% in the year to June, which sent the company’s shares up 10c to $2.62 from Wednesday, and to an […]

Chaney and Westfarmers -- don't touch yet..

Chaney and Westfarmers -- don't touch yet..

There have been lots of stories to mark the departure of Wesfarmers chief, Michael Chaney for the wild world of banking at the NAB. (Here’s a typical example from The Melbourne Age.) But a final directors shareholding notice from Wesfarmers Wednesday showed that St Michael won’t have any problem financing his move down the pay […]

Sam spins Nine's wheel of free publicity

Sam spins Nine's wheel of free publicity

Sam Chisholm is starting to resemble the unlamented Jonathon Shier, who set about shaking up the ABC with such little effect a few years ago. Just like Shier, Chisholm has thrown a few bombs, sacked 60 people, made a lot of noise. But as yet hasn’t shown any inclination to promote a future strategy except […]

Steve Vizard's fine words -- and rough actions

Steve Vizard's fine words -- and rough actions

“In a nation rich in resources, our richest resource is to be found in the most fragile of a thing. In who we are. In what binds us together. In our sense of belonging to this great country. In our being Australian. Our identity is a resource unique to our nation. Our identity can’t be […]

The power of Muthbusters for SBS

The power of Muthbusters for SBS

It can be argued that the SBS program, Mythbusters on Monday nights has been the most influential program in viewing patterns on Monday and Tuesday nights of this week. With Seven dropping Desperate Housewives to return the fourth series of 24, its audience at 8:30pm dropped from more than two million people to around 1.3 […]

Barclays stalks Coles and Woolies

Barclays stalks Coles and Woolies

In the past couple of months, one of the world’s biggest investors, Barclays Global Investors, has taken a bit punt on Australia’s two biggest retailers, Coles and Woolies, with an investment of more than $1.4 billion. Barclays told the ASX and that it had spent more than $850 million assembling a 5% stake in Woolies […]

Seven lets brainy kids slip through its fingers

Seven lets brainy kids slip through its fingers

Its not like a TV network to let a successful program slip it by, especially one that’s been successful. But that’s what the Seven Network has done with Australia’s Brainiest Kids, a family-friendly program which went to air last December in the off-season and achieved very successful numbers with around 1.2 million people watching most […]

The Right Reverend Kerry Packer's moral dictum

The Right Reverend Kerry Packer's moral dictum

Who’s running the morals policy at Nine? The Right Reverend Kerry Packer? Short of a spontaneous religious conversion, it’s hard to imagine what prompted Rev Packer to dump Shane Warne over breaches of an unwritten morals policy that’s never seemed to bother anyone at Nine much in the past. A couple of weeks ago stories […]

Coles Myer fires the first IR shot

Coles Myer fires the first IR shot

John Howard’s IR reforms may not yet have become law, but one big national employer already seems to be anticipating them. This is a story about a young Sydney uni student who decided to get some part-time work for the first time. He applied to Coles Myer, filled in the forms, was accepted and sent […]

So who will replace Angela Catterns?

So who will replace Angela Catterns?

The game of musical chairs continues in the search for a replacement for the popular Angela Catterns at ABC local radio’s 702 AM station in Sydney. James Valentine, the afternoon announcer tossed in temporarily to fill the Catterns gap, returns to his afternoon gig from next Monday. Bosses at 702 reckon he’s not the one […]