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Kerry Francis bull Packer. I appear

here this afternoon reluctantly.

Tonight - big, brash and brilliant.

Australia's richest man, Kerry

Packer, finally succumbs to years

poor health. The good news is there Packer, finally succumbs to years of

peace no devil. The bad news is

there peace no heaven. Inside the

man whose mission in life was to

win, whether it was in business,

gambling or sport. He was

the dunce of the family. And he gambling or sport. He was considered

me that his mother often called him the dunce of the family. And he told

stupid. And whether this drove him,

I don't know. Whether you like it

not, you always knew what he I don't know. Whether you like it or

thought. And that was sort of -

was very straightforward. Sometimes thought. And that was sort of - that

you didn't actually want to know

what he thought, because he would

tell you. And that could be painful.

This program is captioned live. Welcome to the program. you for the next few weeks. I'm Maxine McKew and I'll be with dominated by sporting news - On a day that's normally race and the drama at the MCG - the latest on the Sydney-Hobart

came the shock announcement who helped revolutionise that the man Kerry Packer, our approach to big sporting events, overnight. had died at his Sydney home it was the Nine Network Appropriately, which broke the news this morning.

A key asset in the vast PBL group, over the years Channel Nine's success to Mr Packer's personal vision owed a great deal and high-profile events programming. of a prestigious stable of stars a personal fortune of $7 billion Kerry Packer amassed by Forbes magazine and was recently listed in the world. as the 94th richest person is still absorbing the news The business community that now controls television, and what it means for an empire and financial services. magazines, gaming interests Publishing and Broadcasting Limited Mr Packer handed over the running of to his son James in 1998 but right up until Christmas with his businesses Kerry Packer was still involved on a day-to-day basis. from the Prime Minister, There were tributes today and from business colleagues. from the country's sporting greats and one-time legal adviser Former 'Bulletin' writer Malcolm Turnbull, for Wentworth, now the federal member on his web site: summed it up this way loved winning. Kerry Packer, he said, in business, at the casino It did not matter whether it was or on the sporting field. who had more wins than losses Our coverage tonight of a man considers the Packer legacy. Emma Alberici. First, here's finance editor

reluctantly. I appear here this afternoon

I don't know what to say about

Victor, except that when I heard

Victor had been shot, I cried. And

don't cry often. Victor had been shot, I cried. And I

Leave me alone. Get out of my way.

You're sitting here under

parliamentary privilege dragging

that up again, having been ex on

rated by the Parliament of this

hide! country. I think you've got a damn

Everyone has a Kerry Packer story,

but you talk to businessmen who've

dealt with him and they come out of

meetings with him shellshocked

because he has been so rude and so

so direct. And so scary, basically. because he has been so rude and so -

He was this absolutely formidable

personality. Give you nightmares!

Kerry was someone who, whether you

liked it or not, you always knew

what he thought. And that was sort

of - that was very straightforward.

Sometimes you didn't actually want

to know what he thought because he

would tell you. And that could be

painful. Of course I am minimising

my tax. And if anybody in this

country doesn't minimise their tax,

they want their heads read, because

as a government, I can tell you

you're not spending it that well

that we should be donating extra!


They say there are only two certain

tease in life - death and taxes.

Kerry Packer believed he could beat tease in life - death and taxes. But

both. He returned from the dead in

1990 following a heart attack on

polo field, which left him without 1990 following a heart attack on the

pulse for six minutes. You want the polo field, which left him without a

good news or the bad news? Give us

the good news. The good news is

there peace no devil. The bad news

is there peace no heaven. Is that

right? Yeah, there's nothing.

To borrow a term from one of his

hit TV shows, Australia's richest To borrow a term from one of his own

man was the ultimate survivor.

Outwitting, outplaying, and

outlasting those in the television

and magazine world. His fighting

spirit, some would say bully

tactics, the legacy of a harsh

childhood. I don't think anyone,

including Kerry, I might say, ever

thought that he would be the

he has been, because he was thought that he would be the success

considered ... um ... he was

considered the dunce of the family,

and he told me that his mother

called him stupid. Kerry Packer's and he told me that his mother often

mother Gretel bought her clothes in

Paris, and returned them to that

same city for dry cleaning, such as

the moneyed environment they lived

in. Frank Packer was a

disciplinarian, fond of boxing ears

in the home boxing ring. Kerry was

good member of the class. He was in the home boxing ring. Kerry was a

good at writing. He suffered from good member of the class. He was not

what we now know as dyslexia, and

that's public knowledge. But he was

very good in discussion. He would

give a good, honest account of

himself. And say what he thought. I

liked him. Kerry Packer learned his

survival skills early. Sent to a

boarding school at the age of 5,

just a year later, he developed a

serious bout of polio, and spent

nine months on a respirator. His

studies suffered and he was

pilloried by his father for his

of academic achievement. I think he pilloried by his father for his lack

was bullied unmers --unmercifully

his father. People who are bullied was bullied unmers --unmercifully by

tend to treat others the same way.

The whole Packer organisation is

of bullying. It's one there is a The whole Packer organisation is one

fair degree of fear run through it

over the years. People who deal

over the years. People who deal with Packer go out and deal with others

in the same way. If you're down the

bottom of that organisation, there

is an awful lot of people on top of

you being pretty unpleasant to you.

And if you screw up, very little

sympathy for that. Unofficial Kerry

Packer biographer Paul Barry

remembers a tough guy whose

remembers a tough guy whose attitude to business stemmed from an

obsessive-like desire to prove his

father wrong about him. And as far

as business savvy and creating

wealth go, he did just that. Sir

Frank Packer established the media

empire in 1933, with the women aes

empire in 1933, with the 'Women's Weekly' magazine. Its success

provided the capital for an assault

on newspapers, starting with

Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph'. At 19,

Kerry Packer finished school and

went to work for the family's

publishing business. Like his dad,

he did nothing by halves. In Kerry

Packer, you could have no better

friend, or worse enemy. He was a

very generous boss to work for, and

he was also ... he was very

he was also ... he was very generous to employees. If you went to see

to employees. If you went to see him about somebody that worked for the

company and who might have had a

sick wife or was struggling to pay

some bills or - or I know that we

looked after people that had

multiple sclerosis, things like

that. Nothing was too much trouble.

Good evening and welcome to

television. In 1956, ACP bought a

television licence and TCN Nine

became Australia's first TV

broadcaster. In 1794, the year

before the country's first colour

transmission, Sir Frank Packer died,

delivering the reins of the family

business to Kerry Packer. I think

that one of the most interesting

things about Kerry Packer as a

businessman is not just his ability

to acquire things, but also to sell

them. And he had great admiration

for his father, who had sold the

love of his life, the 'Daily

Telegraph' in Sydney to Rupert

Murdoch. In 1987, Kerry Packer was

made an offer that he couldn't

refuse by Alan Bond for Channel

Nine. Kerry Packer sold the Nine

Network to Alan Bond for $1 billion,

making him Australia's first

billionaire. And three years later,

in a stunning display of his

corporate canniness, he bought it

back for just a quarter of a

billion, claiming you only get one

Alan Bond in your lifetime. He got

the best of me. No brob about that.

He did a fantastic deal for himself.

But life didn't always deal him

But life didn't always deal him such a fantastic set of cards. In the

early 19 80s, Kerry Packer was

investigated by the Costigan Royal

Commission for a range of criminal

activities. After more than a year

of intense scrutiny, he was cleared

with a public apology from the

Attorney-General. He wanted the

Fairfax empire because there's this

long animosity between the

Fairfaxes and the Packers. The

Packers were seeing as being coarse,

vulgar, a bit nouveau riche. There

was that in the first place, and

then in the 19 80s, there as all

then in the 19 80s, there as all the stuff with the 'National Times' and

the Goanna which was published in

Fairfax papers. I think Packer

wanted to wreak revenge for that.

Budget Parliament thought Kerry

Packer already had too much control

of the media. The Australian

Broadcasting Authority launched an

investigation into 1998, when a

long-time chief executive of

Packer's main company suddenly

resigned and within hours joined

resigned and within hours joined the board of Fairfax. I am telling you,

there is no arrangement. And I'm

sick of telling people, there is no

arrangement. He was a very generous

person. And I know for a fact that

many of us kindest and most

many of us kindest and most generous and charitable deeds went

unreported, unpublished, which is

precisely how he wished it to be.

Inside, just the softest person. He

was generous to people. We'll never

know how generous Kerry Packer was

to so many Australians. His loyalty

inspired great loyalty in return.

None more than from his long-time

friend and helicopter pilot Nick

Ross, who, in 2000, gave Kerry

Packer the ultimate gift. I

Packer the ultimate gift. I consider myself very privileged to not only

know him, but to actually be a

friend. And I mean that sincerely.

friend. And I mean that sincerely. I gave Kerry the kidney for a number

of reasons. He's had a rough bloody

track, medically, all his life.

Hasn't had a great deal of quality

living in the last several years. I

wanted to help him, and I could

wanted to help him, and I could help him, so I did. I will be forever

grateful. I mean, obviously. He

saved my life. In 1998, as Kerry

Packer's health began to give way,

his son James was officially

anointed his successor. A year

later, the business began changing

complexion, merging with Crown

Casino, providing the company with

Casino, providing the company with a foray into gaming here and overseas.

James is an outstanding businessman.

He has had to live at the time that

Kerry Packer was larger than life,

but James will come into his own. Finance editor Emma Alberici with that report. When it came to his media interests Kerry Packer was both demonized and lionized. His bid for the Fairfax Newspaper Group in 1991 provoked strong protests. On the other hand, the man who employed some of the top names in Australian journalism was widely regarded as a good boss and as someone who did not seek to put his personal editorial stamp on his publications. One former senior executive who can attest to that is Trevor Sykes. He worked for Kerry Packer for 18 years and edited both the 'Bulletin' magazine and 'Australian Business'. One of the country's most respected business correspondents, in recent years Trevor Sykes has been a senior writer with the Australian Financial Review. I spoke to him earlier this evening from Adelaide. Trevor Sykes, you worked for Kerry Packer for nearly 20 years in senior editorial positions. How will you remember him and particularly how do you see his place in Australian corporate history? I remember a big bear of a man who was prone to quite sudden mood swings, who at his inspired best could really move mountains and I have great affection for him. He was always very good to me and I enjoyed working there. He was like a feudal king running his own empire. You could get your head chopped off but you could also get a bag of gold. It was always very exhilarating to work for Kerry, I found. What about the way he died? He died at home. Do you think that was something perhaps he wanted to have control over? Do you want to speculate on that?

I think we have to presume that he accepted his passing because he didn't go to a hospital and in the past he'd spent vast sums of money staying alive. Instead, he went to his home. He gathered his family around him. He passed quietly, and he of all people knew there was nothing on the other side because I was in the gym one day when he was asked did the angels come down with their wings to get him the time his heart stopped on the Warwick Farm race track. And he said, "No, son, there was nothing there." He had a great inheritance, of course, from his father. But to what extent do you think he played it very differently from Sir Frank Packer, both in the way he used his media power

and the way he ran his businesses? Well, they both used power but Kerry's wasn't used so much in the media. To backtrack a shade, what he inherited from Frank Packer was the 'Women's Weekly' and some other magazines, very profitable, the 'Daily Telegraph', which was used quite blatantly and ruthlessly by Frank Packer as a political weapon and Channel Nine. Channel Nine, being a broad-spectrum television after the widest possible audience, has never been overtly political, as have none of the commercial stations in Australia. When you look at the magazine stable that Kerry inherited, the only ones with any political clout around worth mentioning would be 'The Bulletin' these days and that really - while it tries to carry some weight, it's not a huge factor, especially when you compare it with, say, the daily publications of Rupert Murdoch. But Kerry always punched more than his weight down in Canberra. He didn't use his media very much in an overt political fashion.

I think the reason that they gave into him so often down in Canberra was they didn't want him coming through the door and thumping on their desk. He was really quite fearsome when he was upset and up close and personal. Did you ever see him in fearsome mode? I did indeed. Luckily, it wasn't directed at me. I copped some enfilade fire from time to time,

but by and large, over 12 years of editing his most influential political and financial publications, for some reason or other he was always fairly light on me.

Now, he did of course have this reputation as a bit of a bully, but is that only part of the story? Well, it is only part of the story. As I said, it was a feudal kingdom. You could get treated either way. Fellas like Sam Chisolm who stayed there and argued with him had a very long life with Kerry Packer. If he sensed weakness, though, or that you didn't know what you were talking about, you were for the door. So you couldn't put up a sloppy argument to him?

Never. For instance, he didn't drink; he didn't mind, though, if his executives drank. But drinking was no excuse if you didn't know all the numbers connected with your publication or your TV station. That was inexcusable. Now, this is interesting, isn't it?

He's regarded as one of the - or will be regarded as one of the shrewdest of operators in this period of Australian history, yet he grew up, he was dyslexic and, because of that, not a reader, yet was considered as someone who as masterful in terms of detail. How did he do all that? I think he had an excellent memory. He was certainly very good at mental arithmetic.

I found myself in many a mental arithmetic joust with him. He didn't read much on the printed page.

If you didn't want Kerry to read something, you wrote more than a one-page memo. Did you try that a couple of times? Once or twice.

I pretty soon learned not to, though, because he'd put it down after 10 seconds and ask me the most direct question that I hadn't thought of. And you'd better have an answer! And you'd better have an answer real quick too and sound confident about it. In terms of the PBL empire, as important as the magazine group and other areas have been,

it was always Channel Nine, wasn't it, which was THE focus for Kerry Packer. Why did he concentrate on that as he did? He was a child of the television era. He grew up with it. He understood the medium very well. He identified with what the viewers wanted. That doesn't mean, by the way, necessarily playing down to them. '60 Minutes' was a high-quality program when he brought it to Australia. He always sensed what the public would want and he was much better at it than half the analysts and half the pollsters around the place. He certainly had very strong ideas about programming. Ask anyone who was ever involved in Channel Nine.

To come back to Kerry Packer and the way he approached businesses - one comment was made to me today that I thought was fascinating, a contrast between, for instance, Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch where Murdoch, it's said, almost bets the company

every day of his working life. Kerry Packer, the great gambler, in fact had a pretty conservative approach to running the businesses. Do you think that's right? That is dead correct. Whoever said that was quite shrewd. Kerry would never take the real big chance; he bet the farm very rarely. I think the closest he came to it might have been his gambling on the foreign exchange markets, but even then he should have been fairly well covered, whereas Rupert several times has really bet the farm on the next generation of satellites, the next generation of media or content or whatever. Rupert has been a real media gambler. Why do you think Kerry Packer's focus stayed on the domestic scene - he wasn't that interested in expanding into a global media empire as Rupert Murdoch has done? Kerry Packer toyed with going overseas a few times, notably when he made a couple of bids for companies in the UK. Also, he toyed with the cinema industry. But eventually he decided it was more profitable to stay at home where he knew what he was doing

and he was very familiar with the players and, by the way, where he had huge political clout. Of course, the question for now is the extent to which James Packer can fill his father's boots and, of course, the year has ended for the Packer family not that happily with the whole One.Tel disaster being aired in court. How well prepared, do you think, is James Packer and has he learned from the One.Tel disaster? James has actually had a better grooming to take over this job than Kerry did because Kerry was regarded as the larrikin son of Sir Frank

for quite a long time and the person who was groomed to take over was his brother Clyde. Clyde then dropped out only a couple of years before Frank died

and suddenly Kerry had to take over the reins. James has had a longer grooming and a better grooming than Kerry did who had very few mentors.

I think he's in good shape, and as for the One.Tel thing, well, if James didn't learn his lessons from One.Tel, he never will. I think he did learn them, because it really burned him, that one.

I don't think he's going to make a mistake anything like that again in the future. That grooming that you were talking about there, the better grooming that you feel that James has had, do you think that's because, by all accounts, there's been a much warmer relationship

between Kerry Packer and his son than there ever was between Sir Frank and his sons?

I think that's certainly a big part of it.

I've no doubt Kerry barked at James once or twice, but nothing compared to the way that Frank handled both Kerry and Clyde. He was a bit of a monster. James has been brought up and there has been a very gradual, over the years, transfer of more and more responsibility on to James. He should by now be ready to carry the full weight. He's only a few years younger, I think, than Kerry was when he took over. Trevor Sykes, for your time tonight, thank you very much indeed. Delighted, Maxine.

Kerry Packer will be remembered for many things but perhaps his greatest impact has been felt in the world of sport. Before the Packer revolution, the game of cricket was a relatively sedate affair run by administrators with little thought for the public or the players, but Kerry Packer turned it into a genuine world sport with an innovative coverage to match.

What is often forgotten is that he took on the cricket establishment just two years after taking over the family company from his father. Mark Bannerman reports.

Kerry Packer took Australian sport

to the world, and brought world

sport into our lounge rooms.

He was the man who changed the face,

not only of cricket, where he's

not only of cricket, where he's most recognised, but sporting coverage generally.

In the air and that's it! Caught at

first slip. Shane Warne

If it involves a ball, uses a

racquet or moves like a fish, you

can pretty much count on the Nine

Network to cover it. For more than

two decades, Kerry Packer through

his TV network has dominated the

coverage of sport in Australia. Now,

for this hard man, the game is over.

It's a very sad day for all of us.

It's a very sad day for all of us. I think that probably the big thing

think that probably the big thing is that cricket has lost one of its

greatest friends and supporters.

Probably even bigger than that,

Australia as a nation has lost a

truly great Australian. If this

sounds like a slight overstatement,

think again. For those in the

business of TV sport, Kerry Packer

was a true revolutionary. He knew

that the one thing that no other

medium could do in the way

television could do it was cover

live events, and of all the live

events that the the Australian

public likes, sport has got to rank

at the top, and that's where Kerry

excelled, because that's where his

life was. So where did Kerry

Packer's obsession with sport come

from? The cricket commentator Jim

Maxwell, who shared a school and a

cricket pitch on occasions with the

media boss, it seemed almost

genetic. It's just one of those

cradle to the grave situations. His

father chased the America's Cup for

years and never won it. And Kerry

was always fascinated by playing

ball sports. He was a very good

golfer, he was a useful cricketer,

and later became very keen on polo.

He must own the best private golf

course in Australia by a mile. So

this obsession has been there ever

since he was at school and it's

persisted. Others, though, saw it a

little differently. He was dyslexic.

He called himself a dolt and a dill

at school. His father called him a

boofhead. Introduced him to people

as his idiot son. But Kerry - he

said later, this forged his

character. He couldn't work

academically, he just couldn't, and

so he found a life through sport.

But sport, the Nine Network and

Kerry Packer didn't always go hand

in hand. Indeed n the 1970s, as

cricket fans flocked to grounds

around Australia to see the

around Australia to see the national team do battle first with England

and then the West Indies it was the

ABC that held a mortgage on sports

coverage. And caught brilliantly!

Marsh. Rod Marsh taking a wonderful

catch. World Series Cricket, though,

changed all that. SONG: * They're

just makin' runs * Dougie's chewin'

gum ... * Come on Aussie come on,

come on * Come on Aussie, come on *

Keenly aware of a growing

Keenly aware of a growing discontent with player payments within the

Australian cricket team, Packer

mounted one of the most audacious

coups in sports history. Through

1977, he secretly signed players

from around the world to start an

international cricket circus.

The fact that those 50-odd players

kept it quiet for so long, kept it

kept it quiet for so long, kept it a secret for so long, I think that

gives you a clue as to how pissed

off the players were with the

treatment they were getting from

treatment they were getting from the administrators, not just in

Australia, but around the cricket

world. Ian

Australia, but around the crick. Ian Chappell was the man chosen to

lead the Australians. He well

remembers his first meeting with

future boss. He said "Righto, son,

who do you want in this side?" I

said, hang on, 'Not captain of

Australia, at this stage my brother

Greg is. He said "Son, what do you

think this is? A democracy? I'm

paying the bills, you're the

captain." Indeed he was paying the

bills and he was remaking the game

of cricket. TV friendly one day

games were given equal billing to

the Tests and cricket coverage was

revolutionised, for all that, many

did not believe it would work.

I didn't think it was going to be a

goer, because I think people were

going to believe that this was

exhibition cricket, and not the

exhibition cricket, and not the real McCoy. You have to when hen Kerry

Packer was unveiled world series

cricket in May 1977 he was only 39,

he was an unknown quantity in

commerce in Australia. World Series

Cricket is important not only from

Cricket is important not only from a cricketing point of view, but from

cricketing point of view, but from a Consolidated Press point of view.

Consolidated Press point of view. It was the domain in which he proved

himself to be a considerable

entrepreneur. For Kerry Packer it

was just the start, though. In

was just the start, though. In short order the Nine Network became the

home to golf, the tennis and even

swimming. The rationale was simple

enough. A great driver throughout

all those things was the need for

content on his television network.

He was the one who described

television as increasingly a now

medium. Now, things, instant,

medium. Now, things, instant, things that are live, things that are

happening. A key part of that

backbone was rugby league. Having

won the rights for a song, Packer

was stunned when Rupert Murdoch

announced he wanted rugby league

announced he wanted rugby league for himself. Kerry Packer reacted with

fury when Ken Cowley the boss of

News Limited at the time walked

News Limited at the time walked into his office and told him he as part

of his deal with Fox tell and

Telstra wanted a slice of the pay

Telstra wanted a slice of the pay TV rights which Packer had got from

rights which Packer had got from the Australian rugby league for a mere

one million bucks, and he just

reacted and pointed to the door,

telling his old friend Cowley he

hasn't going to get a share of them

and of course that launched the

billion dollar Super League war.

In the end Kerry Packer won the

battle and cost Murdoch half a

billion dollars. Right up to the

very end, it seemed sport was still

dominating his thinking. Last

weekend he finalised a bid for the

AFL rights that would keep the game

from Channel Seven, a rival network.

The motivation was one in the eye

for Terry stokes at Channel Seven.

This was the old bull telling the

young bull who's boss. So the

young bull who's boss. So the Packer juggernaut rolls on. How fast and

how far is yet to be determined.

Today the Melbourne Cricket Ground

fell silent in memory of a complex

man, both loved and hated. I think

we'll remember him as the man who

changed the face of television

changed the face of television sport in the world. My abiding memory of

Kerry Packer is his combustible

thunderstorms, his huge rages, that

finally end in a bit of a wink, a

bit of a grin, and say "Now, sit

down, son and share a glass of

mineral water with me." That

concludes this program on the life

and times of Kerry Packer. We'll be

back at the same time tomorrow. But

for now, goodnight. Closed Captions produced by Captioning and Subtitling International Pty Ltd

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