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on advertising billboards in Sydney NSW; Packer and
Singleton: You Bet, by Greg Tingle - 3rd March 2012
cashed up company part-owned by media tycoons James
Packer and John Singleton will soon fully start to
cash in on major Sydney motorways, headed up by the
work on advertising billboards owned by Packer and
Singleton's firm first started about 6 month ago and
its understood some campaigns are already up and running,
but the firm is not disclosing its full client or
campaign list, as you would expect - not that anyone
else could likely give them much of a run for their
are not any average billboards... they will cost about
$500,000 each all told, "Packer and Singo"
are looking for strong return on investment.
concession to erect billboards over the M2 was purchased
by Manboom, a company owned by JP, Singo and Robert
Whyte, from the M2's owner, Transurban, back in 1998.
Talk about forward planning.
more than a decade Manboom was unable to erect signs
over the road because of road blocks from local councils!
The M2 passes through three council areas and only
one, Hornsby, would permit advertising billboards.
in 2007 the then planning minister, Frank Sartor,
amended legislation that stripped away councils of
the right to determine policies for signs over motorways.
The Department of Planning became the sole consent
authority for motorway advertising.
Media Man agency strongly suspects that a strained
economy (and diluting council coffers) lessened council
opposition to the advertising proposal put forward.
You know... "Money talks and BS walks",
whispered a Media Man insider.
is not clear how much income Manboom will make from
the concession to advertise over the congested M2.
The firm has agreed to annual payments to Hornsby
Council, the Hills Shire and the City of Ryde in return
for its signage rights.
will also pay for public benefit works commissioned
by Roads and Maritime Services.
spokesman said months ago: "The installation
of advertising signage will fund improvements to the
aesthetics and operation of bridges on the motorway,
including new bridge facade cladding.
project will deliver safety improvements to the motorway
and a designated source of ongoing funding for safety
enhancements to the motorway," he said.
use of advertising signage provides an important alternative
source of funding for infrastructure improvements
M2 is in the middle of a two-year upgrade.
former RTA last year opposed four of Manboom's 15
proposed signs on safety grounds. It cited a fear
about "sign clutter" and a concern the angle
of one billboard would distract motorists.
Department of Planning upheld the RTA's concerns about
the four signs.
studies say billboard advertising helps keep drivers
alert, whilst others suggest they are a dangerous
distraction. Readers - what do you think? A gamble
with saftey or a gamble on the investment?
a safe bet that Packer, Singleton and Whyte have done
the meantime plenty of other Sydney councils are watching
the project closely to see if they may be able to
also benefit financially from extra advertising on
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Packer Casino King Tribute To Alan Jones Media King,
by Greg Tingle - 5th November 2010
a very special getting together in Sydney, Australia's
gambling king, and up and coming media tycoon, James
Packer, has paid tribute to Australian radio broadcasting
legend Alan Jones, in a powerful and emotional speech.
Media Man crosses now to the action...
media and gambling business champion, James Packer,
gave a powerful, emotional and heartfelt address overnight
in tribute to talkback radio king and racing identity
the uninitiated, Jones is every part the living legend
of media, racing and people power circles. Jones and
the guest were celebrating his 25 years as a broadcaster
in a glitz event at Sydney's Darling Harbour. Media
Man favorite gambling tycoon, Packer headlined the
go through some of the highlights...
voice got croaky after describing how Jones had assisted
thousands of people, many totally anonymously, showing
just how giving of heart and spirit the great man
no one will ever take your place. You are without
peer my friend," Packer said, looking to get
touch teary eyed.
in the evening he told the story of how his late father,
Kerry Packer, has encouraged and then persuaded Jones
to give up politics for life as a media commentator
on Network Nine and then onto Radio 2UE, and before
then representing competitor 2GB Radio.
do you want to be son...the Prime Minister or a millionaire,"
KP (Kerry Packer) said to Jones.
took the money, not the box."
magical night, which was hosted by advertising and
media legend John Singleton and attended by the whose
who of politics, media, and arts, also featured tributes
from people as diverse as Liberal Party powerbroker
Michael Kroger and pop icons Human Nature.
long-time colleague at 2UE and a veteran of more than
6 decades in radio, John Brennan said Jones was the
best broadcaster he had ever heard because of his
ability to connect with listeners and his efficiency
think that Alan Jones is the Roger Federer of radio,"
he wasn't afraid to share with the audience.
former Aussie prime minister John Howard touched on
a remark from Packer that Jones would "pick and
stick" by his mates and friends, describing the
legend as "an Australian who never let his cobbers
said Jones, more than anyone else, understood the
power of talkback radio to influence politics.
has understood the temperament and the nature of the
Australian people They don't like being told by self-appointed
cultural dietitians that we should be ashamed of our
past - Alan understood that", Howard shared.
said he had appreciated Jones's support while in office
and paid tribute to the broadcaster's record of winning
a massive 155 radio ratings surveys.
who went on to speak last, said Howard was in his
mind "the best prime minister Australia has had".
thanked the people who attended - friends, family
and other guests, including some of his listeners,
as well as generously paying tribute to his support
team at Radio 2GB.
advised his main campaign would be against opencut
mining which he thinks turns too much rich pastoral
land into wastelands for profit. He elaborated and
said he was hopeful he would be able to continue to
make people feel better as a result of his work, both
broadcasting, community and more.
aim of power in this world is to lift people, not
crush them," he shared.
has also greatly contributed to the Australia gaming
and horse racing industry, with speaking on what's
best for Australian racing being one of his passions.
It was Jones who basically told Australian racing
to lift its game or see more competition knocking
on the door of Australia. Jones and his team are aware
of the PartyGaming - PMU deal inked earlier this year,
and Jones has also offered commentary in the past
on Packer's Betfair and the like. Jones is understood
to be a supported of regulated gaming and racing,
and a believer in responsible gaming, as is Gambling911
and Media Man.
done to everyone involved, and Alan, thank you for
assisting some of my mates over the years also, which
in turn assisted me, and James, thank you also for
the opportunity to offer commentary on you, your company,
initiatives like GenerationOne, and to offer some
b2b to some of your companies showcase events like
Crown Casino Aussie Millions Poker Championship. It
is truly appreciated and never taken for granted.
Long live the Jones, Packer and 'Singo' (Singleton)
legends. All Aussie champions of business, community
and people power.
was wonderful to hear about the good deeds of media
tycoons wasn't it We salute both Packer, Jones, and
the good folks who helped put together such a fantastic
happening. It was also a nice change to read about
big time Australian media players without all the
agro and such. Stay tuned for more of the best on
gambling, media, entertainment and sports right here.
you have a bet, please bet with your head, not over
it, and for God's sake, have fun.
Singleton is the founder, major shareholder and Director
of STW Group Limited, a publicly listed company on
the Australian Stock Exchange. STW Group Limited owns
a controlling interest in Singleton Ogilvy & Mather,
one of Australia's largest advertising and communications
companies and also has significant shareholdings in
J. Walter Thompson (Australia and New Zealand) and
the S.C.T.V. television network in Indonesia.
Singleton is the major shareholder of the Macquarie
Radio network - Radio 2GB and 2CH in Sydney. He is
a partner with Gerry Harvey and Rob Ferguson in the
Magic Millions Thoroughbred Racing and Sales company.
He is also a shareholder of Lonely Planet Publications.
has also served on the Board of John Fairfax Holdings
Limited, the Sydney Opera House and Television and
Telecasters Limited (Channel 10).
Singleton was awarded the Order of Australia in 1994
for service to the community through personal support
and fundraising activities for charitable, sporting
and research organisations.
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