Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne founded Crikey in February 2000, and has remained as a contributor since selling it in 2005. He’s a former political staffer and local government councillor who also pursues shareholder advocacy as a director of the Australian Shareholders’ Association and campaigns broadly for transparency and accountability across the media, business and political sectors.


Last days of media dinosaurs as Fairfax suitor turns tail

July 3, 2017 2

Could there be any clearer sign that legacy media is in trouble than that private equity firms have turned their backs on Fairfax?

Mayne: are the Murdochs (including Rupert) really ‘fit and proper’?

June 30, 2017 4

The UK government will have to decide if the Murdochs are "fit and proper" to hold a UK broadcasting licence. James and Lachlan have made the case that they are -- but what about dear old dad?

Mayne: Aveo, Fairfax and Ten all need to fix their disclosure

June 29, 2017 2

Fairfax has slammed aged care provider Aveo for lack of disclosure, but the media company needs to check its own backyard.

Mayne: how Ten’s staff can shirk the billionaires and control their own destiny

June 27, 2017 2

Led by veteran reporter Hugh Riminton, the staff yesterday secured three of the 14 positions on the all-powerful Ten creditors committee.

Mayne: 7 current pollies with connections to pokies

June 23, 2017 10

Stephen Mayne gives us the rundown on seven current elected representatives with known gambling industry associations or sympathies

Life after Parliament: the many curious jobs former pollies take up

June 21, 2017 5

And, in Kevin Rudd's case, the job he'd like to take up.

Mayne: will the Brits show some spine and resist Murdoch rent-seeking?

Mayne: will the Brits show some spine and resist Murdoch rent-seeking?

June 20, 2017 4

The Murdochs are masterful rent-seekers when it comes to politically vulnerable Western governments.

Mayne: is the ALP responsible for Australia’s world-record gambling rates?

June 16, 2017 5

The Australian Labor Party, protector of the battler, is going deeper into the addictive poker machine caper to help fund its Canberra political operations.

Mayne: Bob Carr v Four Corners on China’s influence in Canberra

June 13, 2017 6

Plus eight other pollies and their various corporate interests.

Mayne: what are the backgrounds of ASX100 chairs?

June 2, 2017 1

How many chairs of ASX100 companies were previously CEOs of public companies?

The Crikey Rich List: 7 names to kick things off

May 29, 2017 3

Who are the big names who didn't make it onto The Australian Financial Review Rich List?

Mayne: Fairfax Rich List ignores key families

Mayne: Fairfax Rich List ignores key families

May 29, 2017

Numerous wealthy families were excluded from the list altogether.

Mayne’s take: The top 25 Australian billionaires, as claimed by Fairfax

May 26, 2017 3

The Australian Financial Review's Rich List was released today, but how much do we really know about Australia's wealthiest people?

Fairfax’s Rich 200: a shadow of its former self

May 26, 2017 3

How does Fairfax's Rich 200 List compare to years gone by? And, more importantly, does it have a future?

Mayne: managing ‘The Cat’ at Fairfax and directors who just won’t go after a takeover

May 25, 2017

How should Domain CEO Antony Catalano and other senior Fairfax executives behave now the company has agreed to open its books to TPG?

Mayne: another 7 long-serving blokes who should retire (including Abbott)

May 23, 2017 3

Stephen Mayne is working hard on his list of 100 long-serving men who should retire.

Adele Ferguson lines up another corporate for Four Corners

May 2, 2017 1

After 7-Eleven, the Commonwealth Bank and Caltex,Gold Walkley award-winning journo Adele Ferguson is working with the ABC again.

Mayne: 12 political turncoats, including Cory Bernardi

May 1, 2017 3

All's fair in love and war ... and politics. Here are 12 MPs who left their parties.

Mayne: conflicts of interest everywhere, so time for new independent directors at Ten

April 28, 2017

Lachlan Murdoch, James Packer and Bruce Gordon -- three billionaire substantial shareholders who double up as loan guarantors for Network Ten. And that is a problem.

Ten could join list of companies that insist everything is fine — right before they collapse

April 27, 2017 3

If Ten does collapse, it will join the long list of companies that claimed they were worth plenty in the final set of accounts released before the undertakers were called in.