Channel Seven considered bidding for MasterChef last November after producers reached “an impasse” with TEN, but Seven Media Group chairman Kerry Stokes did not believe Elisabeth Murdoch “would do over her brother” Lachlan, a court heard yesterday.
Elisabeth Murdoch owned the Shine International group, prior to her sale to Rupert Murdoch.
The claims were made during the case between Seven and its former employee James Warburton, who is due to become the new CEO of TEN.
Warburton was heavily involved in discussions on MasterChef Australia and AFL for Seven. The court also heard he has knowledge of sensitive financial information, including budgets, and sales targets which he could take to TEN.
Seven wants to block Warburton from taking up his new role at TEN until October next year while Warburton argues he is free to join in July.
TEN announced a new 3 year deal with MasterChef in February.
Warburton is expected to appear in the witness box later this week.
Source: The Australian