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.

Quality childcare comes with a premium price tag


Saffron Howden, Georgia Wilkins, Colin Kruger Kate Bower was willing to pay $165 a day to secure a spot for her baby daughter at a childcare centre in Sydney's inner-west.

ABC collapse serves as learning experience for childcare newbies


Colin Kruger ''This is a business subsidised by government - how can it be unprofitable?'' wailed ABC Learning's former chairwoman, Sallyanne Atkinson soon after the collapse.

Childcare operators being enticed away from outer growth areas


Georgia Wilkins and Colin Kruger The head of Australia's biggest childcare operator, not-for-profit group Goodstart Early Learning, says incentives are driving private operators to set up shop in wealthy, inner-city suburbs, rather...


ASIC boss Greg Medcraft drops jet-setting plans for Senate inquiry

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Colin Kruger Our top corporate cop confirms he is likely to miss his first big trip for the year due to conflicts with Senate inquiry into ASIC.

Echo Entertainment's top investor backs new chief executive

Matt Bekier.

Colin Kruger Echo Entertainment's largest investor has supported the promotion of Matt Bekier to chief executive of the troubled casino operator.


App bottom line no wheezy mark

Colin Kruger Small caps are the fun end of the market even for the billionaire punters like pokie baron Bruce Mathieson.


Cabcharge boss motoring on

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Colin Kruger Cabcharge's 87-year-old founder, Reg Kermode, has offered a lesson in staying power to all those holiday-loving bludgers like CBD.


Melco Crown has Japanese market in its sights

James Packer

Colin Kruger Just before Christmas, James Packer's Asian casino venture, Melco Crown, pledged to spend $10 million on ''cultural projects'' in Japan in partnership with Tokyo's University of the Arts.


James Packer in bid to win casino approval for resort in Sri Lanka

PACKER.AFR.13 MARCH 2013.Photo by ROB HOMER ........ JAMES PACKER ceo of crown who was quest speaker at the asia pacific luncheon being held at the hilton hotel.

Colin Kruger Crown wins approval to build resort, but 'still in discussions' over the gaming side of the project.


Packer gets nod for Sri Lanka resort, but not casino

James Packer

Colin Kruger James Packer has received approval from the Sri Lankan government to build a resort in Sri Lanka, but without explicit approval for the casino, which underpins the proposed $400 million project.


Craft brewers face an uphill battle


Colin Kruger Craft brewers face an uphill battle as they seek to convince the competition watchdog they are being locked out of pubs and clubs


ACCC eyes brewers' grip on pubs

Colin Kruger Competition watchdog launches investigation into supply of beer to Australia's pub industry to discover whether brewers are resorting to anti-competitive tactics that lock out rival beer brands.


Tom Waterhouse gives William Hill a Christmas present

Bookmaker Tom Waterhouse.

Colin Kruger Tom Waterhouse turned a profit on his controversial betting operation just in time for Christmas.


Founder Reg Kermode back at besieged Cabcharge

Colin Kruger Cabcharge founder and executive chairman Reg Kermode is back behind the wheel of the taxi payments provider.


Network Ten's share price soars, with T20 Big Bash the likely cause

Colin Kruger Channel Nine's coverage of Australia's Ashes victory may have garnered all the glory, but the celebrations might be bigger at Ten, where its broadcast of the KFC T20 Big Bash League may finally be...


Big Bash a welcome respite for Ten

Brett Lee and Jordan Silk of the Syndey Sixers during the Big Bash League match.

Colin Kruger Ten says it has no explanation for its soaring share price but hints that its ratings success with the Big Bash League may be the reason.


CBD: Packer says bank looks after itself

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Colin Kruger Picking the highlights from the rich tapestry of events that passed before CBD this year was never going to be easy, but the big end of town is always a good place to start, especially when the...


Billionaires Lachlan Murdoch, James Packer and Bruce Gordon back Ten's new direction

Network Ten logo.

Madeleine Heffernan and Colin Kruger Ten Network's programming ambitions will be funded by a $200 million loan guaranteed by three of its billionaire owners.


A lesser spotted generous vulture

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Colin Kruger, CBD It isn't often that private equity can be accused of generosity when it comes to offloading investments on to the public.