Media Ownership In Australia – 1999

Ownership of the Australian media is one of the most highly concentrated in the world.

According to Trevor Barr’s book, newmedia.com.au, in 1903 there were 21 capital city daily newspapers owned by 17 independent owners.

By 1960, there were 14 daily newspapers and 7 owners. By 1999, there were 12 daily newspapers in Australia, 10 of which were owned by two organisations, News Corporation and John Fairfax Holdings.

Only the West Australian and the Canberra Times are independently owned.

The following information is taken from newmedia.com.au, by Trevor Barr, (Allen & Unwin, 2000), p4.

News Corporation

Rupert Murdoch holds about 30% of News Corporation voting stock.

Click here to visit the News Corporation online news site

Newspapers

  • Australian
  • Herald Sun
  • Sunday Herald Sun
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Sunday Telegraph
  • Advertiser
  • Courier-Mail
  • Mercury
  • Northern Territory News
Subscription Television

  • 25% ownership of Foxtel Pay TV

Other

  • Festival Records
  • Mushroom Records (50%)
  • National Rugby League (50%)

Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd

The Packer family holds a controlling shareholding of 35%.

Click here to visit the PBL website

Australian Consolidated Press
(wholly owned subsidiary of PBL)

Television

  • Nine Network

Subscription Television

  • 25% ownership of Foxtel Pay TV

Other

  • Crown Casino
  • Hoyts Cinemas
Magazines

  • Bulletin
  • Australian Women’s Weekly
  • Woman’s Day
  • Cleo
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Dolly
  • People
  • Australian Personal Computer
  • Australian Home and Garden
  • Wheels

John Fairfax Holdings Ltd

Click here to visit the Fairfax website
Click here to visit the Fairfax website

Newspapers

  • Age
  • Sunday Age
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • Australian Financial Review

Magazines

  • Business Review Weekly
  • Personal Investment
  • Australian Geographic
  • Shares

Television Ownership In Australia – 1996

Television Ownership in Australia – 1996
Network Owned By
Nine Network 45%, Kerry Packer
Seven Network 19%, Kerry Stokes;

14%, News Limited (Murdoch);

11.4%, National Mutual;

11%, Telstra.

Ten Network 58%, CanWest (Izzy Casper);

10%, John Singleton;

10%, Robert White;

5%, Isi Leibler.

Foxtel 50%, News Limited (Murdoch);

50%, Telstra.

Optus Vision 46.5%, Optus Communications;

46.5%, Continental Cable Vision (USA);

5%, option to 20%, Nine Network;

2%, option to 15%, Seven Network.

Source: The Age, 5-10-96, pA25.