What It’s Like Being Inside the Kerry Stokes Network of Influence

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For many years, Kerry Stokes has had exceptional power in Western Australia. To find out how he achieves this, interviews were conducted with his coworkers, associates and competitors—none of the sources was willing to speak on the record.

Last week, Kerry Stokes and his wife Christine arrived at Sydney airport from Colorado and disembarked from their private jet.

Multiple current and former employees, associates, friends, and rivals were interviewed to investigate Stokes’ growing influence. However, they were unwilling to speak publicly because they feared discussing Stokes and his widespread power and influence throughout the West.

Stokes’ spokesperson provided a statement instead of scheduling an interview or responding to specific questions. The statement commended Channel Seven and The West for their role in the 

Western Australian community and expressed their commitment to producing high-quality journalism across various media platforms to support the development of the state.

“Mr Stokes is still dedicated to preserving The West and Seven’s editorial freedom,” the spokesman added.

Kerry Stokes was put up for adoption at a young age. He excelled in track athletics while living in Victoria but later moved to WA to work on installing television antennas when he was only 19. His official biography recounts how he started his business by purchasing shopping centres throughout the state and gaining financial support from Hong Kong. Over time, he became interested in owning media properties and was often referred to as “Little Kerry” by his competitors, as opposed to “Big Kerry” – Kerry Packer.

He gradually expanded his media empire by acquiring a television network and newspapers. There are rumours in the Perth radio industry that Stokes is considering entering the talkback radio market by adding 6IX to his media collection.

Stokes was able to gain board seats in late 2008. Then, in 2011, he arranged for the publisher to acquire Seven’s share from his shared business with KKR, resulting in the creation of Seven West Media.

In 2016, Stokes acquired Perth Now and The Sunday Times, the only significant rival newspapers owned by News Corp, which solidified Seven’s dominance in the Western Australian market. The competition watchdog approved the deal, reasoning that readers had access to increasing online publications.

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