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.


What the new CBS deal with Ten deal means for Lachlan Murdoch

September 19, 2017 8

As CBS moves on Ten with a bigger, shinier offer, some hard questions for Lachlan Murdoch, write Stephen Mayne and Glenn Dyer.

Mayne: inside the pokies trial as judge takes a stroll down to the Crown gaming floor

September 13, 2017 1

The opening day attracted a full-scale media press conference before proceedings commenced in court 8G of the Federal Court building.

Mayne: Gordon and Murdoch senior unleash blitzkrieg against CBS-Ten deal

September 7, 2017 1

The Murdoch-Gordon camp are trying to come up with every conceivable argument to overturn the CBS deal.

Mayne: CBS has Ten in the bag, now for some Lachlan Murdoch accountability?

September 5, 2017 5

Lachlan Murdoch is currently wearing far too many hats at Ten as a supplier, shareholder, financier, former chair, former CEO, board controller, advertising sales agent, competitor and bidder.

CBS swoops on Ten, humiliating Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon

August 28, 2017 8

Media goliath CBS looks set to buy Ten Network Holdings out of administration, surprising prospective buyers Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon. Stephen Mayne and Glenn Dyer ask: what does this mean for the future of the Australian media landscape?

Vale Paul Bendat: anti-pokies activist, philanthropist, friend

August 21, 2017 3

Paul Bendat was a successful businessman, but more importantly he was passionately moral and generous. Stephen Mayne reflects on a life devoted to pokies reform, philanthropy and endeavour towards a better world.

Tim Worner’s time as Seven West CEO should be up. But somehow isn’t …

August 17, 2017 4

Seven West CEO Tim Worner has dragged the scandal of his affair with Amber Harrison through courts both legal and of public opinion. For the sake of his company it is time to put this matter to bed.

Mayne: four high-profile men with a yuuge conflict of interest problem

July 31, 2017 2

It is possible to wear two hats at once, but the problem comes when there is a lack of disclosure.

Ten drama plays out in Federal Court — but who will tell the ASX?

July 20, 2017

Tne federal government, regulators, Parliament and the courts are all involved in Ten's woes, which are being splashed all over the papers. But you'd never know it from disclosures to the ASX, write Stephen Mayne and Glenn Dyer.

The Turnbull connection: judge in the Amber Harrison case keeps powerful company

July 17, 2017 12

One interested observer in today’s judgment will be Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the best friend of Bruce McWilliam and someone who has known Justice Sackar a very long time.