A rare collection of emails from James Packer to a few of media big 9’s most senior figures has spilled into public view – with the billionaire ripping into former federal treasurer Peter Costello and a prime editor.
In June and July this 12 months, Packer fired off a collection of explosive emails to a number of 9 Leisure Co bigwigs – with one message looping in chairman Mr Costello, 9’s newspaper chief James Chessell, At the moment Present host Karl Stefanovic, columnist Peter FitzSimons and The Undertaking’s Lisa Wilkinson.
Within the messages, Packer, the previous government chair of Crown Resorts, stated he was ‘ashamed’ of the ‘dangerous issues that occurred at Crown on my watch’ which have been featured in a 60 Minutes program.
He took specific umbrage at Mr Chessell, a former overseas correspondent who runs The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers.
Packer additionally fired a shot at Mr Costello, saying he had labored for him in 2011, which sparked a swift clarification from 9 on what his function really was.
James Packer fired off brutal emails to a number of of 9’s senior figures in July this 12 months
Packer claimed he had paid Costello $300,000 to behave as his ‘secret Crown lobbyist’ for a 12 months in 2011.
‘Your job was to get me nearer to (then Victorian gaming minister) Michael O’Brien,’ Packer wrote to the 9 chairman, in emails seen by The Australian.
That was instantly refuted by a 9 spokeswoman, who famous the previous federal treasurer and firm CEO was solely an adviser to Consolidated Press Holdings – one in every of Mr Packer’s personal funding homes – for one 12 months, and was not a lobbyist for Packer.
Mr O’Brien instructed the publication that Mr Costello ‘has by no means lobbied me on behalf of Crown or every other enterprise’.
One other e mail confirmed Packer unleashing on Mr Chessell, writing in a single scathing message that he had ‘nothing however contempt’ for the journalist and did not belief him.
In a notice to employees, Mr Chessell claimed on Monday he’d been bombarded with emails by the billionaire businessman within the wake of an investigative piece into Crown casinos titled ‘Crown Unmasked’.
The six month joint investigation by 60 Minutes, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald pulled again the curtain on the interior workings of Crown. It revealed Crown had developed inappropriate relationships with crime figures linked to drug importation, and had used its energy to hurry up the visa course of for Chinese language excessive rollers.
Mr Chessell instructed 9 staffers: ‘I hope he (Packer) genuinely does make peace with Crown Unmasked and I want him all one of the best.
‘I’ve acquired a blizzard of correspondence from Packer since he took exception to one thing we revealed in late June. After attempting to have interaction with him at first – which clearly did not work – I’ve ignored nearly all of it.
‘As Govt Editor I backed Crown Unmasked to the hilt, pushed for it to be a co-pro with 60 Minutes and backed our strong defence of these tales when Crown launched an (finally failed) PR marketing campaign (supported by Information Corp) to discredit us.’
JAMES PACKER’S FIERY TEXTS TO NINE BOSSES
The Australian newspaper revealed a collection of emails from Mr Packer to 9 executives and media personalities on Monday:
PACKER’S JAMES CHESSELL SPRAY – JUNE 24, 2022
From Mr Packer to Hollywood director and former enterprise accomplice Brett Ratner, with Peter FitzSimons, Lisa Wilkinson, Karl Stefanovic, James Chessell, Joe Aston, Matthew Grounds and Andrew Denton all CC’d: ‘I belief EVERYONE on this e mail chain EXCEPT for James Chessell.
‘For the document Crown unmasked was an important story. Nice journalism in one of the best sense. I’ll all the time be ashamed that a few of the dangerous issues that occurred at Crown occurred on my watch. Nick McKenzie undoubtedly knew extra about what was actually taking place at Crown than I did.’
PACKER ON COSTELLO – JULY 23, 2022:
Mr Packer to Peter Costello: ‘You have been my secret Crown lobbyist Peter. In 2011 I personally paid you $300K (CPH did anyway, you did not need the Crown administrators to know) to foyer for me, for Crown.
‘Your job was to get me nearer to Michael O’Brien …’
PACKER TO JAMES CHESSELL – JULY 23, 2022
Mr Packer to James Chessell: ‘I’m staggered that your ethical compass factors so far-off from true north. I’ve nothing however contempt for you James.’
Peter FitzSimons and his spouse Lisa Wilkinson have been CC’d into the emails despatched by the billionaire businessman this 12 months
Packer in one other e mail heaped reward on The Age’s investigative journalist Nick McKenzie for his work on Crown Unmasked.
‘For the document Crown unmasked was an important story,’ Mr Packer wrote.
‘I will probably be all the time be ashamed that a few of the dangerous issues that occurred at Crown, occurred on my watch.
‘Nick McKenzie undoubtedly knew extra about what was actually taking place at Crown than I did.’
Mr Packer took goal at 9’s Managing Director of Publishing James Chessell (pictured), saying he had ‘nothing however contempt’ for him
Crown has been on the centre of three royal commission-style inquiries amid allegations of cash laundering.
Mr Packer offered Crown to personal funding firm Blackstone for $8.9billion in a deal that was finalised in June, with the businessman pocketing $3.3billion.
He is now planning his return to Australia subsequent March, which will probably be his first time again in his house nation since January, 2020.
The daddy-of-three earlier instructed The Weekend Australian he’s excited to start his ‘third act’ and plans to ease again into public life in Australia.
Each day Mail Australia sought remark from a consultant of Mr Packer.
In a separate message, the businessman alleged he’d paid former federal treasurer Peter Costello (pictured proper with Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon) $300,000 to work as his ‘secret lobbyist’ at Crown in 2011