The rise and fall of Edmund Rouse

Tanner, Stephen (1995) The rise and fall of Edmund Rouse. Australian Studies in Journalism, 4: 72-89.

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Author Tanner, Stephen
Title The rise and fall of Edmund Rouse
Journal name Australian Studies in Journalism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-6130
Publication date 1995-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Issue 4
Start page 72
End page 89
Editor Henningham, John
Place of publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher University of Queensland, School of Journalism and Communication
Language eng
Abstract In 1989 Tasmanian media magnate Edmund Rouse attempted to bribe a newly elected ALP member of Parliament to support the minority government of then Liberal Premier Robin Gray. Rouse's naive and badly planned attempt not only had ramifications for democracy, but ultimately also for control of Tasmania's major media company, ENT Ltd. The last scenes in that drama were played out recently when ownership of ENT Ltd, the company Rouse had previously controlled, passed to Bermuda-based media owner Bruce Gordon. This paper looks at the emergence of ENT Ltd as the major player in the Tasmanian media market under Rouse's stewardship, at his attempts to shore up the company's corporate interests through the bribery attempt, and at the consequences thereof, namely the dismantling of the state's largest media empire.
Keyword Bribery
Tasmanian media
Corruption in politics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
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