Seven Network

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The Seven Network is an Australian television network available in most Australian capital cities. 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. It was once owned by Qintex a company controlled by fugitive businessman the late Christopher Skase.

Its origins come from the Australian Television Network formed in 1963 by the Melbourne station HSV-7 and Sydney station ATN-7 when they were both owned by newspaper publisher, John Fairfax Ltd, (now John Fairfax Holdings).


Diversified media assets

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:

Television network

While Seven has in recent years diversified into a range of other media businesses, its primary business is still operating television stations, and the Seven Network. In the past, when market ratings products were calculated by AC Nielsen from viewer logbooks, Seven consistently outperformed the other networks. With the introduction of electronic ratings reporting by Oztam, the Nine Network jumped to the #1 spot. Now, in most areas, Seven usually rates #2 overall, competing with Network Ten. However it regularly rates first in Perth.

In 2001 the network ended a 40-year run (except in 1986) as AFL football broadcaster when Channel 9 and Channel 10 jointly won the television rights. In the media, it is speculated that Seven will likely regain the rights in the next round of bidding.

Seven Network owned

Callsigns for Seven Network stations in the capital cities:

The Seven Network also owns Seven Queensland, which covers the Regional Queensland market. This market covers the east coast of the state, except for South East Queensland.


Seven Network programming is also carried by the following affiliate networks:

Southern Cross Broadcasting owned

Prime Television owned

WIN Television owned

  • Prime Television - Griffith, New South Wales region (WIN owns both commercial broadcasters in Griffith - one carries their own programming, the other is a feed from Prime Television)

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