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KIIS’s star radio hosts Kyle and Jackie O.

Nick Bolton attempts to thwart Southern Cross takeover

ARN Media and Anchorage Capital Partners’ proposed acquisition of Southern Cross has already hit a major hurdle.

  • Zoe Samios and Sam Buckingham-Jones

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Chief content officer Beverley McGarvey and chief operation and commercial officer Jarrod Villani.

Network Ten doesn’t want to buy Southern Cross Austereo’s TV stations

The most likely buyer for the listed media company’s 96 regional TV signals, Network Ten owner Paramount, says it doesn’t need them.

  • Sam Buckingham-Jones
Businessman Mark Bouris.

Ghost of Ron Brierley returns to haunt Mark Bouris

The ubiquitous businessman hosted Yellow Brick Road shareholders in Sydney, seeking approval to take the lender private. Then a figure from the past showed up.

  • Mark Di Stefano
Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan.

Hamish McLennan and a rugby party in Paris

The Rugby Australia chief was among executives and sponsors at a “cocktail party” in Paris.

  • Mark Di Stefano
Melissa Leong has been axed from MasterChef Australia.

MasterChef’s Melissa Leong axed from judging line-up

Leong joined MasterChef Australia alongside co-hosts Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo in 2019 after the exit of Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris.

  • Zoe Samios
Southern Cross Austereo CEO John Kelly.

Southern Cross courts wider interest as board reviews ARN deal

Southern Cross Austereo wants to ignite a bidding war for its radio, TV and digital audio assets.

  • Sam Buckingham-Jones and Zoe Samios

TechDay ends links with PR firm after ‘exasperating’ requests

What happened between TechDay and PR firm Archetype?; The Daily Telegraph’s new TV play; SBS’s ad revenue bucks the market.

  • Sam Buckingham-Jones and Mark Di Stefano
Anthony Albanese with Kerry Stokes just days before the federal election in May 2022.

Kerry Stokes gathers the oligarchs to kiss the ring

The media and mining mogul’s Telethon Ball was held in Perth on Saturday, bringing together the country’s richest mining billionaires for a private get-together.

  • Mark Di Stefano and Tom Rabe
Fleet Street papers The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator are up for sale.

Murdoch circles as Fleet Street jewels up for sale

An auction starts this week for two august Tory titles, The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph. Rupert Murdoch is among the rumoured bidders.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
ABC managing director David Anderson.

ABC redundancy payouts leapt fivefold, annual report reveals

The ABC’s latest annual report, tabled in parliament on Friday, reveals the public broadcaster spent $22 million to pay out exiting staff.

  • Sam Buckingham-Jones
Christian Juhl, global CEO of GroupM,  the largest media investment organisation in the world.

Media’s $100b man says the ad market has room to grow

Christian Juhl, the global boss of media agency GroupM, says the advertising market has been resilient through so much uncertainty.

  • Sam Buckingham-Jones
Nike’s famous Just Do It slogan.

Unloved and facing regulation, the ad industry plays a $53b card

The three peak bodies for advertisers have united to launch a new pitch to government and consumers that advertising really is a good thing.

  • Sam Buckingham-Jones
Fidelity bought Otto Buttula’s Rhythm Biosciences stock at $1.30 per share in September last year. The stock closed Tuesday trading at 16 cents.

Fidelity left holding the soiled bag

Rhythm Biosciences executive chairman Otto Buttula sold $6.5 million worth of shares last year. Since then, the stock has cratered.

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  • Mark Di Stefano
Tyson Scholz, in one post from mid 2022 saying he was in Greece.

ASX Wolf faces bankruptcy threat over $450,000 in court costs

The financial woes continue for share trader and social media influencer Tyson Scholz, who just a few months ago was posting images of himself on a private jet.

  • Liam Walsh
Former independent senator Rex Patrick.

Senate’s Transparency Warrior flings the invisibility cloak

Former independent senator Rex Patrick has turned the FOI game into a tidy earner, lodging documents for corporates, while shielding identities.

  • Mark Di Stefano

Joe Aston on 12 years of Rear Window

This week on The Fin podcast, Joe Aston on his evolution from gossip columnist to campaigning journalist and life after Rear Window.

James Mawhinney during Mayfair 101’s heyday.

James Mawhinney makes ‘fighting misinformation’ his next big thing

The Mayfair 101 founder is dealing with a lot, but is nothing if not incorrigible.

  • Myriam Robin
The first Australians flew into Sydney from Israel on Tuesday night.

Albo and the Q-word that shall not be named

The Prime Minister seems intent to ignore the free services Qatar Airways and Virgin put on for Australians fleeing Israel.

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  • Mark Di Stefano
Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes launched Streamer alongside BHP president Geraldine Slattery.

Billionaire Kerry Stokes is building a local sports streaming company

From local netball games and curling battles, to mid-tier soccer leagues: Seven West Media is rolling out a new platform called Streamer targeting sports.

  • Sam Buckingham-Jones
ASX-listed REA is Australia’s largest real estate listings company.

Investors back activist’s call for News to sell REA stake

Starboard Value wants the Murdoch-family controlled media giant to separate from its 61 per cent stake in the Australian real estate business.

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  • Joshua Peach