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Seven West Media

Seven West Media Ltd.
Type Public
Industry Media
Predecessors West Australian Newspapers Holdings Limited
Founded 1992
Headquarters Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Key people Kerry Stokes, Chairman
Tim Worner, CEO
Products Television
Owners Seven Group Holdings 33.2%
Website Seven West Media Ltd.
Old Seven West logo.

Seven West Media Limited is an ASX-listed media company[1] and is Australia's largest diversified media business, formed by the sale of Seven Media Group to West Australian Newspapers Holdings Limited (WAN). It has a leading presence in broadcast television, radio, newspaper publishing, magazine publishing and online.

Seven Group Holdings Ltd (SGH), a company controlled by Australian Capital Equity, is Seven West Media's largest shareholder with 33.2% of Seven West Media shares and $250m Seven West Media Convertible Preference Shares (CPS).

Seven West Media owns Australia's largest commercial television network (by audience and advertising market share), the Seven Network; and The West Australian, the monopoly daily newspaper in Western Australia. It also owns the second largest publisher of magazines in Australia, Pacific Magazines, and 21 Western Australian regional newspapers, nine regional radio licences, a specialist publishing business and WAN’s digital division.

Seven West Media is also creating a significant presence in online and new communications technologies, such as through its 50% interest in Yahoo!7, with global and local content across online, mobile and IPTV.[2] On 21 February 2011, Seven Media Group announced its intention to merge with West Australian Newspapers Holdings Limited (WAN). WAN purchased Seven Media Group from Seven Group Holdings and partner Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, and announced the new company would be known as "Seven West Media".[3]

On 11 April 2011, Seven West Media was created through the acquisition of Seven Media Group by West Australian Newspapers Holdings Limited (WAN) as approved by WAN shareholders.[4] On 21 May 2013, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts sold its remaining 12% stake in Seven West Media.


  • Assets 1
    • West Australian Newspapers Holdings Ltd 1.1
  • Key people 2
  • History 3
    • The West Australian 3.1
    • Seven Media Group 3.2
      • Origin 3.2.1
      • 1980s ownership changes 3.2.2
      • Advent of Kerry Stokes 3.2.3
  • Pacific Magazines 4
    • Publications 4.1
  • References 5
  • External links 6


West Australian Newspapers Holdings Ltd

In addition to The West, West Australian Newspapers Holdings Limited owns a number of other media outlets.[7]

  • 23 regional newspapers and magazines
  • 4 business directories across the State
  • the Streetsmart and Travellers Atlas street directories
  • the quarterly Vita and Habitat & Lifestyle magazines
  • The Quokka, a classified-advertising weekly[8]
  • Two commercial printing plants
  • a regional radio network in the state's north

In September 2007, WAN sold a 50% interest in the Hoyts Cinemas Group.[9]

Key people

The Chairman of Seven West Media is Kerry Stokes AC, who is also chairman of Seven Group Holdings.

On 26 June 2012, Seven West Media announced David Leckie's transition from chief executive officer of Seven West Media to a new role as executive director, media for Seven Group Holdings.[10]

Don Voelte, the former Managing Director and CEO of Woodside and currently a director of Seven West Media, was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Seven West Media. Mr Voelte leads the media executive team, consisting of: Tim Worner, CEO Television, Nick Chan, CEO Pacific Magazines, Rohan Lund, CEO Yahoo!7, Chris Wharton, CEO Seven West Media (Western Australia) and Kurt Burnette, Chief Sales and Digital Officer.[11]


The West Australian

The newspaper was owned by the publicly listed company West Australian Newspapers Ltd (WAN) from the 1920s. In 1969, the Melbourne-based The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd (HWT) bought WAN and published the paper until 1987, when Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation acquired HWT. News sold WAN to Robert Holmes à Court's Bell Group in 1987 [12] The following year Alan Bond, through Bond Corporation, gained control of Bell Group and hence the paper. This ownership structure survived only for a few years until the collapse of Bond Corporation. A newly formed company, West Australian Newspapers Holdings, then purchased the paper from the receivers before being floated in an oversubscribed $185 million public offering.[13]

Kerry Stokes acquired 14.9% through Seven Network and he became chairman of West Australian Newspapers in 2009. Kerry Stokes appointed Chris Wharton as CEO of West Australian Newspapers and Brett McCarthy as Editor.[14][15][16]

Seven Media Group

Seven Network (commonly known as Channel 7 or simply Seven) dates back to 4 November 1956, when the first stations on the VHF7 frequency were established in Melbourne and Sydney. The Seven Network is one of five main free-to-air networks in Australia.


The Seven Network began as a group of independent stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.[17] HSV-7 Melbourne, licensed to The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd (owners of two local papers at the time, The Herald and The Sun), was the first station in the country to use the VHF7 frequency.[17] It launched on 4 November 1956, soon joined on 2 December by Amalgamated Television Services ATN-7 in Sydney.[18]

TVW-7 Perth began broadcasting almost two years later, on 16 October 1959, as the city's first commercial station. It was licensed to TVW Limited, a subsidiary of West Australian Newspapers, publisher of The West Australian.[17] BTQ-7 followed on 1 November, signing on as Brisbane's second commercial television station.[17][18]

ADS-7 in Adelaide launched on 24 Oct 1959 as the final capital city VHF7 station. The station later swapped frequencies with SAS-10, however, with the latter becoming SAS-7[17]

1980s ownership changes

Perth-based businessman Robert Holmes à Court, through his business the Bell Group, bought TVW-7 from its original owners, West Australian Newspapers in 1982.[18] The Herald and Weekly Times, owner of HSV-7 and ADS-7, was sold to Rupert Murdoch in December 1986.[18] Murdoch's company, News Limited, sold off HSV to Fairfax soon afterwards, for $320 million.[18] Fairfax went on to axe a number of locally produced shows in favour of networked content from its Sydney counterpart, ATN-7 (also owned by Fairfax at the time).[19]

In 1987, Fairfax sold off its stations to Qintex Ltd., owned by businessman Christopher Skase.[19] Qintex had previously bought, and subsequently sold off, stations in Brisbane and regional Queensland before taking control of the network.[18] The next year, another new logo was introduced along with evening soap opera Home and Away and a relaunched Seven National News, now known as Seven News. The network expanded in 1988 when Skase bought out TVW for $130 million.[19]

A failed $1.5 billion bid for MGM Studios in the same year sent Qintex into receivership.[18] Christopher Skase fled Australia in 1990 in order to escape extradition.[19] The business' assets were bundled together by receivers and made into a new company, the Seven Network Limited, in 1991.[18]

Advent of Kerry Stokes

The network was re-listed as a public company on the stock exchange in 1993 with News Limited holding 14.9% and Telstra holding 10%.[20] In 1995 Stokes acquired 19.9% of the public company and was elected chairman.[21] Shortly after it acquired Sunshine Television, a Seven Network affiliate in regional Queensland, Sunshine Television's regional stations effectively became a part of the Seven Network, identical in appearance and programming to the rest of the business' stations. Seven Queensland won the annual audience ratings for the first time in 1998.[22]

The year 2000 saw Seven as the host broadcaster for the Sydney Olympics. The Network adopted a new logo. In 2003, Stokes appointed David Leckie as CEO of Seven and Peter Meakin as Head of News and Current Affairs. In January 2006, the Seven Network, Pacific Magazine and online portal Yahoo! Australia and New Zealand combined in a joint venture to form Yahoo!7, representing all three companies' online assets.[23] This venture is now Australia's most popular internet portal and the joint venture is driving a range of online and IPTV businesses. Seven is building and acquiring a range of broadband businesses, including wireless broadband group Unwired, VOIP operator Engin and has become the Australian licensee for TiVo,[24] due to be launched in 2008. The group has also established a strategic 20 per cent shareholding in West Australian Newspapers Ltd.

Since 2007, the Seven Network has been the highest rating television network in Australia, ahead of the Nine Network, Network Ten, ABC and SBS.[25] In 2011 the Seven Network won all 40 out of 40 weeks of the ratings season for total viewers.[26] Seven is the first to do this since the introduction of the OZtam ratings system in 2001.[27] As of 2014 it was the second largest network in the country in terms of population reach.[28]

68% owned by Kerry Stokes (as of 2014), Seven Network is a network of commercial free-to-air television stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, as well as regional Queensland and Perth.[29] The platform, as well as a 33 per cent stake in Sky News Australia, now reaches 98 per cent of Australians. Seven has also established a major magazine publishing business, Pacific Magazines which, as of 2014, accounted for more than 20 per cent of magazines sold in Australia.

In 2006, Seven Network and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR)[30] created a new joint venture, Seven Media Group, a multi-faceted media company combining a presence in broadcast television, magazine and online applications.

Seven HD was officially announced on 15 September 2007, with the Seven Media Group announcing its intention to start a high definition multichannel.[31] By the end of 2007, the Seven Network had become the most watched network in the country, dominating morning and prime time slots. [32]

Pacific Magazines

Pacific Magazines is a magazine publisher operating in Australia and New Zealand, owned by Seven Media Group. It has it roots in the Southdown Press, the publishers of New Idea and long owned by the Murdoch family. When News Limited acquired the Herald and Weekly Times in 1987, the Australasian and Argus titles (Australasian Post, Home Beautiful, and Your Garden) were added.

Rupert Murdoch spun off his Australian magazine holdings in 1991 into a new company, Pacific Magazines and Printing (PMP). Seven Media Group acquired Pacific Magazines in 2002, leaving PMP as solely a printing business. Two years later, Seven bought Murdoch Magazines, a former corporate sibling in News Limited, from Matt Handbury.


  • Better Homes and Gardens, a monthly home/lifestyle magazine.
  • Bride to Be, a bridal magazine
  • Diabetic Living, a bi-monthly lifestyle magazine aimed at people suffering from diabetes.
  • Family Circle, a bi-annual women's magazine aimed at mothers.
  • Famous, a weekly celebrity tabloid magazine.
  • Girlfriend, a monthly magazine for teenage girls.
  • Home Beautiful, a monthly home decorating magazine.
  • K-Zone, a monthly children's magazine dealing with toys, gaming, anime, sport and entertainment.
  • Marie Claire, a monthly women's fashion magazine.
  • Men's Health, a monthly men's lifestyle magazine.
  • Monument, a bi-monthly architecture and design magazine.
  • New Idea, a weekly women's magazine.
  • Practical Parenting, a monthly parenting magazine.
  • That's Life!, a weekly lifestyle magazine.
  • Total Girl, a monthly magazine for preteen girls.
  • TV Hits, a monthly entertainment magazine for teenagers.
  • InStyle, a monthly fashion, lifestyle and entertainment magazine.
  • Who, a weekly celebrity magazine, sister to the United States weekly People.
  • Women's Health, a monthly women's lifestyle magazine.
  • Your Garden, a quarterly gardening magazine.


  1. ^ Seven West Media Limited (SWM) at Australian Securities Exchange
  2. ^ "About Seven West Media" (Press release). Seven West Media. 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Smith, Sean WAN to buy Seven's media assets for 4.1 billion at The West Australian, February 21, 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2014
  4. ^ West Australian Newspapers to buy Seven Media at MarketWatch, 20 February 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2014
  5. ^ Internet Industry Association Information
  6. ^ [1] at
  7. ^ About Us The West official site
  8. ^ About The Quokka
  9. ^ PBL and WAN sell Hoyts for $440m
  10. ^ David Leckie announces new role as Executive Director, Seven Group Holdings and Don Voelte appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Seven West Media at Mumbrella, 26 June 2012.
  11. ^ Seven West Media—About Us
  12. ^ Bond, Bell and Holmes a Court:Bell at media industry reference
  13. ^ 175 years of The West Australian
  14. ^ Nick Perpitch Brett McCarthy goes from Sunday to weekdays at The West Australian The Australian 16 March 2009
  15. ^ How The West Australian was won by Kerry Stokes The Australian, 4 December 2008
  16. ^ Chris Wharton – Chief Executive Officer Corporate information on official website
  17. ^ a b c d e "History of AustralianTelevision:The Fifties". Televisionau. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h Bruce Arnold. "Seven: landmarks". Caslon Analytics. Retrieved 7 August 2007. 
  19. ^ a b c d Brooklyn Ross-Hulands. "Seven Network 1980s". AusTVHistory. Retrieved 27 June 2007. 
  20. ^ "Investigation Into Control". Australian Broadcasting Authority. Retrieved April 1996. 
  21. ^ Clive Mathieson. "Stokes vs Packer: A media mogul death math". The Punch. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  22. ^ Brooklyn Ross-Hulands. "Sunshine Television History". AusTVHistory. Retrieved 27 June 2007. 
  23. ^ "Yahoo!7 Redefines Australian Media Landscape". Seven Media Group. 30 January 2006. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  24. ^ Joint Seven and TiVo announcement – 30 May 2007
  25. ^ Enker, Debi (13 December 2007). "The stars of 2007". The Age Online (Melbourne). 
  26. ^ "Seven Dominates in 2011". Seven West Media. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  27. ^ Seven dominates 2011 ratings at TV Tonight
  28. ^ "Broadcasting Services Act 1992 Section 30 Schedule". Australian Communications and Media Authority. Archived from the original on 29 November 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2007. 
  29. ^ James Thomson. "Independent expert says Kerry Stokes' Seven Network and WesTrac merger is fair, but small shareholders might need convincing". Smart Company. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  30. ^ Damon Kitney and Brett Clegg, [2]"Stokes, KKR in $3.5bn Seven deal", Australian Financial Review, 20 November 2006, pp 1, 14. (Subscription required to view full story)
  31. ^ "Seven, Ten to offer HD-TV". The Australian. 15 September 2007. Retrieved 15 September 2007. 
  32. ^ Kerry Stokes at the Top 50 2012 Businesses, The Australian. Requires subscription for online access.

External links

  • Seven West Media Ltd
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