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WA media musings lead to on-air walk-back from Stokes’ former right-hand man

WA media musings lead to on-air walk-back from Stokes’ former right-hand man

The ramifications of a concentrated West Australian media landscape were laid bare last week with a former editor in chief of the state’s only daily newspaper forced to apologise to his old boss.

  • by Hamish Hastie

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Stokes takes back seat as Seven Group raises $500 million

Stokes takes back seat as Seven Group raises $500 million

The latest capital raising that will reduce billionaire Kerry Stokes’ grip on the company, help Seven pay down its debt and potentially fuel more acquisitions.

  • by Sarah Danckert
Stokes funded Ben Roberts-Smith’s defence out of public company funds

Stokes funded Ben Roberts-Smith’s defence out of public company funds

Seven West Media lent $1.87 million to help finance Ben Roberts-Smith’s legal expenses, which included the cost of hiring top barristers for the war crimes inquiry and a defamation case.

  • by Nick McKenzie and Zoe Samios
Before Seven, BRS set his sights even higher

Before Seven, BRS set his sights even higher

Forget Married At First Sight. The most notable commitment ceremony in town is the very public one between Seven media mogul Kerry Stokes and Ben Roberts-Smith.

  • by Samantha Hutchinson and Stephen Brook
Ben Roberts-Smith under fresh investigation over burner phones and sealed envelopes

Ben Roberts-Smith under fresh investigation over burner phones and sealed envelopes

A new police investigation is the third into Australia’s most decorated living soldier and will look into whether he was involved in a conspiracy to silence witnesses.

  • by Nick McKenzie, Chris Masters and Joel Tozer
Seven stands by senior executive Ben Roberts-Smith over new evidence he attempted to cover up alleged crimes

Seven stands by senior executive Ben Roberts-Smith over new evidence he attempted to cover up alleged crimes

The media network says the former soldier denies new allegations that he attempted to cover up police and military investigations into alleged war crimes and buried evidence in his backyard.

  • by Anthony Galloway
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The secret plan to merge regional TV

The secret plan to merge regional TV

How three struggling regional TV networks pitched a proposal to government to join forces and drastically reduce their costs.

  • by Anne Hyland
Google closing in on news content deals with ABC, Nine, Guardian

Google closing in on news content deals with ABC, Nine, Guardian

The ABC, Nine Entertainment Co and Guardian Australia are in advanced talks with Google and deals could be reached within 48 hours.

  • by Zoe Samios and Lisa Visentin
Seven swings to profit, finds new cost savings

Seven swings to profit, finds new cost savings

Seven West Media has reported earnings growth despite a fall in revenue for the half year.

  • by Zoe Samios
FMG, Stokes-backed projects hushed through as WA distracted by lockdown: green groups

FMG, Stokes-backed projects hushed through as WA distracted by lockdown: green groups

Appeals against the projects argued that significant new carbon pollution would cause climate change WA could no longer afford. But the government disagreed.

  • by Emma Young
McGowan defends $1 price tag for East Perth power station despite Landgate analysis

McGowan defends $1 price tag for East Perth power station despite Landgate analysis

Works at the derelict site could begin as early as next year but details of the agreement between the government and billionaires Kerry Stokes and Andrew Forrest remain shrouded in secrecy.

  • by Marta Pascual Juanola