John Stephens

AT&T CFO: WarnerMedia’s content “treasure trove” will fight competition

WarnerMedia’s “treasure trove” of quality content will give the company a key point of differentiation to competitors as it prepares for its direct-to-consumer launch later this year, according to AT&T chief financial officer John Stephens. Speaking at the Citi 2019 Global TMT West Conference this week, Stephens also said that AT&T, which acquired WarnerMedia last […]

Seven, Ten legal spat rumbles on

Australia’s Network Ten has vowed it would not be “bullied” by Network Seven after a court it ordered to pay its rival’s legal costs in their bitter row over programming veteran John Stephens. Ten claims Seven has overstated the size of its legal costs, and reiterated a Supreme Court ruling last momth that its contract […]

Ten loses Seven programmer legal bid

Australia’s Network Ten has been dealt a blow after a judge rejected the broadcaster’s bid to stop a veteran programming exec taking a key role at rival Seven Network. Ten had offered John Stephens, who had been with Seven, a two-year contract that would block him from working for either broadcaster, but this was dismissed […]

21st Century Fox to delist in Oz

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is delisting shares from the Australia Stock Exchange after regulators okayed the move. The company will stop trading on the ASX on May 1, with all Class A and Class B stock then trading on the NASDAQ in the US. Murdoch (left) split his businesses in two last year, with […]

Network Ten: Seven has ‘case to answer’ over exec u-turn

Network Ten in Australia has accused rival channel Seven of having “a case to answer” relating to the pair’s clash over the hiring of a seasoned programming executive. Earlier this month on March 7, Ten announced it had poached veteran programmer John Stephens from Seven to become its director of scheduling and acquisitions. However, Stephens […]