Colin Kruger

Colin Kruger

Colin Kruger is a business reporter focused on the retail and gambling industries. He joined the Sydney Morning Herald in 1999 as its technology editor. Other roles have included the Herald's deputy business editor and online business editor.

Gambling

Packer ponders bet on move into Sri Lanka

James Packer.

Colin Kruger Sydney Harbour development Barangaroo is not the only casino project on James Packer's radar.

Media

Just a matter of when for TV mergers

Multiple TV's being watched.

Colin Kruger Jeffrey Browne's resignation this week as chairman of FreeTV Australia, sends a clear signal.

Betting

Online bookies bank on marketing

Tom Waterhouse.

Colin Kruger Australia's online betting operators, including Tom Waterhouse, spent $90 million on marketing their services last year.

Retail

'Compelling evidence' of insolvent trading

AFR.  Pic of Jan Cameron who used to own Kathmandu and sold it has just bought MacPac.

Colin Kruger The administrators of Retail Adventures - owned by Kathmandu founder Jan Cameron - have informed the corporate watchdog of possible breaches of directors' duties at the company, with investigations...

Retail

'Compelling evidence' of insolvent trading

Colin Kruger The administrators of Retail Adventures - owned by Kathmandu founder Jan Cameron - have informed the corporate watchdog of possible breaches of directors' duties at the company, with investigations...

Liquidation

Few crumbs for cookie creditors

Byron Bay Cookie Company

Colin Kruger The corporate shell of the Byron Bay Cookie Company is now in liquidation after the Tax Office fended off attempts by its previous management to regain control.

Gaming

CVC looking at takeover bid for Betfair

Colin Kruger The UK-listed shares of Betfair jumped 12 per cent on Monday on talk of a £800 million bid.

Gambling

CVC mulls $1.2b bid for Betfair

Betfair advertising

Colin Kruger The private equity owner of Formula One racing, which owned the Nine Network, is considering a takeover bid for gambling group Betfair - another venture associated with James Packer.

Television

Ten's boss confident that free-to-air TV holds appeal

Hamish McLennan

Colin Kruger With low ratings, falling revenue and no major sport to cover, it's all uphill for Ten.

Retail

Another Billabong share wipeout

Billabong store logo Bloomberg

Colin Kruger A paltry $287 million offer for Billabong was not enough to set a floor under the embattled shares.

Media

Ten gets back to basics after $243m loss

Channel Ten

Colin Kruger Ten Network chief executive Hamish McLennan has signalled there will be no big changes.

Ten drops 'extreme youth focus'

Ten

Colin Kruger Ten boss says the network will shift its focus to a ''slightly older skew", shunning the audience that saw it produce failures like Being Lara Bingle.

Media

Analysts glimpse silver lining in the Fairfax cloud

Fairfax media logo.

Colin Kruger The restructure of Fairfax Media announced this week is expected to accelerate two trends, the rise of its highly valued digital businesses, and the grinding down of costs in its traditional...

Media

Fairfax gets its Domain in order on spinoff talk

Fairfax logo.

Colin Kruger Fairfax Media announced a restructure on Thursday that will establish its strongly performing real estate unit, Domain.

Takeover

Billabong extends trading halt as suitors hold back

Billabong logo.

Colin Kruger Billabong has called an indefinite trading suspension while negotiations with two potential suitors drag on.

Retail

Billabong share suspension 'indefinite'

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Colin Kruger Billabong has asked for a trading suspension to remain in place until it can make an announcement about the takeover negotiations.

Media

Fairfax shake-up to see Metro boss depart

Jack Matthews.

Colin Kruger Fairfax Metro Media chief executive Jack Matthews is set to leave the publishing company in a massive shake-up that will see its business units reshuffled and merged.

Retail

Coles puts heat on suppliers in new line call

Some of Mayne Group  products.

Colin Kruger Coles has denied that a major review of its health and nutrition product offerings is designed to squeeze branded products off its shelves in favour of private-label replacements.

Media

More structural change and cuts as Fairfax turns to digital

Fairfax Media logo.

Colin Kruger Fairfax Media is expected to announce a restructure and management overhaul this week.

Price

Billabong on hold as takeover talks continue

Billabong logo.

Colin Kruger and Eli Greenblat Speculation is mounting that Billabong's two US private equity suitors have dropped their takeover offer price to as low as 80¢ a share.