Packer and Malcolm
Packer passed away on the 26th December 2005
Packer and James
Packer and Malcolm
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Kerry Packer was Australias richest man for
many years. Packer was a media mogul in every sense
of the word.
media business is what attributes to his wealth and
power, and with ownership of the Channel Nine television
network, and 60% of the magazine market, and interests
in Pay TV, he is a force to be reckoned with.
Frank Packer established the media empire in 1933,
with Womens Weekly, the magazine was hugely
successful and it allowed Sir Frank to expand his
business beginning with newspapers like Sydney's Daily
a rare interview broadcast on radio in 1979, Packer
Jr. talked about his tough upbringing, at the hand
of his father.
mean I got a lot of hidings because that's the sort
of person I was and the sort of person he was."
young life was lonely and disrupted.
was sent to boarding school at the age of five, and
just a year later caught a serious illness called
polio myelitis or infantile paralysis.
children are immunised against the virus, but in the
1940s severe cases could kill or leave a child crippled.
case was severe and he spent nine months immobilised
in an iron lung, an early version of a respirator,
which helped him to breathe.
the time he got back to boarding school, at the age
of nine, he was way behind his fellow students.
his recovery from polio had been complete because
it was his size and strength that helped him excel
in one area , sport.
life was sport. I was academically stupid. My method
of surviving through school and those sorts of things
finished school when he was 19 and went to work for
his father's newspapers. He took over the business
when Sir Frank died in 1974.
difficult their relationship, Kerry admired his father
and from the start he was a lot like him.
also liked to win, and his often did.
1977, when he couldn't get exclusive television rights
to Sheffield and Test cricket he made up his own teams
with the best players in the world and started World
the Australian Cricket Board wanted the services of
these players it would have to give Kerry the TV rights
and, in 1979, after a long struggle, he got his way.
business trait of Kerry Packer's is timing - knowing
when to sell and when to buy.
1987, he sold his two Channel Nine TV stations to
Alan Bond for one billion dollars.
was a lot more than they were worth and the deal made
Kerry Packer his first billion.
years later, Bond was in financial trouble and Kerry
bought the stations back for just two hundred and
fifty million dollars.
things haven't always gone Kerry Packer's way.
1991, he attempted to increase his media empire by
buying the Fairfax newspaper group, today often referred
to as f2.
members of parliament believed Kerry already had way
too much control over the media, and wanted to limit
what he could own. Kerry wasn't happy and his anger
gave us a rare public glimpse of his personal determination.
telling you there is no arrangement. No agreement.
I am not going to run John Fairfax."
Kerry Packer leaves most of the running of his business
to others, in particular his son, James.
greatest love is polo and he spends three months of
every year in England playing the game and millions
of dollars on horses, stables and players for his
1990, a heart attack while playing polo left him literally
dead for six minutes until he was revived by ambulance
once again his return to form has been spectacular.
Packer has, and will continue to leave his mark on
the Australian media business.
Packer passed away in December 2005
would like to publicly thank Kerry Packer's staff
for their support and assistance over the years.
Gaming Directory World
English Woman's Weekly
New Zealand Woman's Day
Bride To Be
Shes Having A Baby
Australian Playstation 2 Magazine
Official Aust. PlayStation
Winnie The Pooh
Australian Gourmet Traveller
Qantas - The Australian Way
The Wine Magazine
Australian House & Garden
Australian Auto Action
Australian Motorcycle News
Australian Personal Computer
The Picture Premium
Harness Racing Weekly
Inside Edge Inside
Rugby League Week
& Film -
network free-to-air television stations in Sydney,
Melbourne, Darwin and Brisbane
of Foxtel cable
25% of Foxtel Sports
Sky News Australia
20.7% in New Regency Productions - US film/TV production
- additional reading
Packer Biography (Full
credit to ABC Online www.abc.net.au)
richest man cleared of breaching media laws (Full
credit to World Socialist Web site)
- Eddie McGuire profile
- Network Nine - Publishing And Broadcasting Limited
- James Packer
- Keith "Bendio" Sloan
- Eddie McGuire
- Current Affairs
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