Template:Infobox Company The Seven Network is Australia's largest television network, avaliable in major markets across Australia. Its parent company and namesake has, in recent years, grown into a diversified media company. Seven's main shareholder is Kerry Stokes, who also owns Australian Capital Equity and subsidiaries such as heavy equipment supplier Westrac.
The Melbourne station was sold to Fairfax following Murdoch's takeover of H&WT; Fairfax in turn relinquished ownership of the Sydney and Melbourne flagships through the disastrous privatisation by Warwick Fairfax Jr.
The buyer was the Qintex group, controlled by colourful entrepreneur Christopher Skase, a former Australian Financial Review journalist who had leveraged ownership of a small mining company to acquire specialist retail assets (eg the upmarket jeweller Hardy Bros) and then move into property development, notably the three Mirage resorts in Queensland and Hawaii.
Qintex already held a station in Brisbane; following acquisition of the Sydney and Melbourne flagships it purchased stations in other capital cities.
Qintex collapsed ingloriously after an unsuccessful takeover of MGM/UA, the Hollywood studio that has been recurrently bought and sold by Kirk Kerkorian.
While originally focusing on running a television network, Seven has recently diversified into a range of other media areas over the past decade. Below are some of the businesses it has run, or is involved with:
- It was a former stakeholder in the Optus Vision consortium.
- It owned a part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Once during the Christopher Skase ownership through Qintex in 1989 and again with Kerry Stokes in 1997.
- It owns a large stake in the Telstra Dome (previously Colonial Stadium) stadium in Melbourne.
- It was a former partner in the AOL7 Internet joint venture with America Online and Telecom New Zealand subsidiary AAPT. This venture is now owned by Primus Telecom and has been renamed "Primus-AOL", but Seven continues to supply it with content.
- It owns a third of Sky News Australia, a subscription TV channel. The other equal partners are PBL (Nine) and BSkyB (Sky Television UK).
- It owned Ticketmaster7, a ticketing company.
- It owned a majority stake in B Mobile, a mobile phone retailer but has now sold out.
- It owns a magazine publishing business, Pacific Magazines, which publishes the following magazines in Australia and NZ:
- It owned the (now defunct) i7 portal.
- It operates the Austext teletext service.
- It was a partner in Sports Vision, a company that ran the now defunct Sports Australia channels.
- It owns C7 Sports, which had a number of subscription sport channels and is continuing its efforts to find carriage again. The service was originally available on Optus Vision and Austar plus Foxtel during the Olympics in Sydney
- It owned Australia Television (now ABC Asia Pacific), a FTA satellite service broadcasting to Asia and the Pacific.
- It and Granada Television each owned half of the Red Heart production company. The two companies retain close ties.
Seven has traditionally been the #2 television network in Australia, trailing Channel Nine. In 2005 Seven has had a major ratings resurgance with assistance from the following overseas programs:
Seven is also renowned for producing top rating Australian productions, some of which include
- Blue Heelers
- All Saints
- Home and Away
- True Stories
- Dancing with the Stars
- The Great Outdoors
- My Restaurant Rules
- The Mole: The Amazing Game
For full list of Seven programs see:
The Seven Network was once Australia's unopposed home to sport. In 2001 the network ended a 40-year run as AFL football broadcaster when Nine and Ten jointly won the television rights. In the media, it is speculated that Seven will likely regain the rights in the next round of bidding. Channel Seven holds the broadcast rights to the following events:
- The Melbourne Cup Carnival
- The Spring Racing Carnival
- The Australian Open
- 2008 Beijing Olympics
- Bledisloe Cup Rugby
- Tri-Nations Rugby
- Natwest Series 2005 (Ashes One Day Series)
- The Australian Golf Open
- Kooyong Classic
- The Gold Coast Hard Court Championships
- Mt Buller World Aerials
- World Gymnastics Championships
- The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
- 2006 Torino Winter Olympics
- 2007 Rugby World Cup
The Seven Network's news service is called Seven News. Seven News produces the following bulletins/programs:
- Sunrise - 6am-9am
- Seven's Morning News - 10.30am
- Seven's 4.30pm News - 4.30pm
- Seven News - 6.00pm
- Seven's Late News Updates - 10.30pm
Seven News also assist in production of:
Callsigns for Seven Network stations in the capital cities:
- ATN-7, Sydney
- HSV-7, Melbourne
- BTQ-7, Brisbane
- SAS-7, Adelaide (originally SAS-10, transferred frequency and network affiliation to Seven in 1987)
- TVW-7, Perth
Seven Network programming is also carried by the following affiliate networks:
- Seven Darwin - Darwin
- Seven Central - Remote Central and Eastern Australia
- Southern Cross Tasmania - Tasmania (non-exclusive)
- Central - Spencer Gulf(non-exclusive)
- Central - Remote South Australia (non-exclusive)
- Central - Broken Hill (non-exclusive)
- Prime - Northern New South Wales
- Prime - Southern New South Wales
- Prime - Victoria
- GWN - Western Australia
- Prime - Griffith (WIN owns both commercial broadcasters in Griffith - one carries their own programming, the other is a feed from Prime Television)
- Seven Network website
- Seven Corporate
- Seven Perth website
- Seven Adelaide website
- Pacific Magazines (formerly Pacific Publications)