WA Today – Bruce Gordon’s WIN Corporation knocked back a request to tip in about $5 million a year to help pump-up Ten Network’s offer to Cricket Australia, in a move that suggests tension remains between the Bermuda-based billionaire and Ten’s new owner.

Summary

  • Bruce Gordon’s WIN Corporation knocked back a request to tip in about $5 million a year to help pump-up Ten Network’s offer to Cricket Australia, in a move that suggests tension remains between the Bermuda-based billionaire and Ten’s new owner.
  • A combined $1.3 billion bid from Rupert Murdoch’s Foxtel and Kerry Stokes’s Seven West Media secured the rights to all domestic cricket games for six years.
  • Sources close to the cricket discussions say Ten approached WIN – which broadcasts Ten content outside the mainland capital cities – about contributing funds, which could have totalled about $30 million over six years.
  • It is possible Mr Gordon’s problematic history with Ten could have shaped his decision to reject the request from the network.
  • When Ten was put into voluntary administration in June 2017, shortly after Mr Gordon and fellow shareholder Lachlan Murdoch tried to take over the network.


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