Yahoo7 (originally Yahoo!7 until late-2014) is a 50-50 partnership
between global internet company,
Yahoo! and Australian entertainment
and television broadcasting company, Seven West Media.
Yahoo7 is a web
portal, providing email, online news and lifestyle content, as well as
weather, travel and retail comparison services.
2 Board of directors
3 Products and services
3.1 Online content
5 Notes and references
6 External links
Yahoo!'s services originally came to Australia in 1997 with Yahoo!
Australia launching on 1 September that year.
Seven Media Group founded i7 in September 2000 as their online
service. In October 2001, Seven partnered with internet service
AOL and established a joint venture called AOL7 in an attempt
to boost the i7 platform. However, the partnership was unsuccessful
AOL reporting its biggest quarterly loss in U.S. history in April
2002, and Seven and
AOL later selling the venture to Primus
Telecommunications in February 2004. i7 was replaced by Seven's new
website, Seven.com.au, soon afterwards.
Yahoo7 was founded in January 2006 as a cross-media entity which would
expand the content distribution networks of both internet-centric
Yahoo and broadcast corporation Seven Media Group (now Seven West
Media). Yahoo7's logo incorporates
Yahoo! branding with Seven West
Media's red "7".
Yahoo7 replaced Yahoo!'s Australian and New Zealand
websites which had been in operation since September 1997, taking
on the majority of Seven's online operations in the process. Ryan
Stokes, current chairman of Seven's
Pacific Magazines division, said
in a media release that the
Yahoo7 entity would provide a "leading
platform to engage the online audiences with the best global products
and locally relevant media content for their connected lives".
In December 2006,
Yahoo7 expanded its presence in
New Zealand by
partnering with Telecom
New Zealand to establish Yahoo!Xtra. The
venture was rebranded as
New Zealand in April 2011 after
Telecom sold its 49% share back to Yahoo7.
In recent years,
Yahoo7 has made a series of high-profile online
acquisitions to supplement its core search and marketing businesses.
The company purchased Australian sports tipping site OzTips in
mid-2010 and acquired Australian group buying site Spreets for $40m
in early 2011. Spreets saw its membership increase by 140 per cent
to 1.18m since the acquisition.
Board of directors
The current board of directors include: Rose Tsou - Yahoo, SVP North
Asia (Chairperson); Aman Kothari - SVP, Global Controller & Chief
Accounting Officer; Rohan Lund -
Seven West Media
Seven West Media COO; John Matheny
– SVP of Engineering; Kurt Burnette –
Seven West Media
Seven West Media CRO and Tim
Seven West Media
Seven West Media CEO.
Products and services
Yahoo7 derives its content from a number of sources including Seven
West Media’s flagship media properties
Seven Network and Pacific
Magazines, and a variety of news and online media sites, as well as
third-party content from Sony. The company runs a number of online
sections which collate and augment content from these media outlets,
including TV content supplementing Seven’s programming and a
Lifestyle portal that draws on content from Yahoo7, Pacific Magazines
and Seven among others.
Yahoo7 also publishes an increasing volume of
online-only content to supplement Seven West Media’s print and
broadcast channels, particularly lifestyle journalism and rich media
published through the
Yahoo7 Lifestyle section.
In January 2010,
Yahoo7 launched PLUS7, an online catch-up portal for
viewers to stream select TV shows with locked commercials and Seven
News updates for a limited period of time after airing. The free
service allows users to watch a range of video content on demand, full
length episodes from Channel Seven, 7mate and other content partners.
The service has been compared to the ABC’s iView which performs a
The PLUS7 was released for Android and iOS in 2013. PLUS7 is now
available on desktop, mobile and tablet devices as well as other
platforms including Fetch TV, Xbox, PlayStation and Telstra TBox.
Yahoo7 also hosts a localised version of its
Yahoo! communication and
search as well as other vertical search services such as Yahoo7
Logo used from 2006–2014
From its creation in 2006 until late-2014,
Yahoo7 used a logo
identical to the common red logo of the time, with the addition of the
Seven Network logo and an identical red colouring. This logo was
replaced with the updated
Yahoo! logo introduced to the United States
in 2013, but included the
Seven Network logo.
Notes and references
^ a b c "Press Release: Now Australia And
New Zealand Can
Yahoo! Inc. 1 September 1997. Archived from the original on 12 January
2008. Retrieved 9 September 2016. CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
^ "Seven unveils Internet portal". Illawarra Mercury. 12 September
2000. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
^ "Seven partner
AOL blames Net for huge loss". Sydney Morning Herald.
26 April 2002. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
^ "Seven out of Internet business". Illawarra Mercury. 12 February
2004. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
^ "Media Release: Yahoo!7 redefines Australian media landscape" (PDF).
Yahoo7 Press Room. Retrieved 18 January 2012.
^ "Yahoo!7 acquires OzTips.com". mUmbrella.
^ Chirgwin, Richard (20 January 2011). "
Yahoo7 buys Spreets, bubble
inflates". The Register. Retrieved 7 June 2007.
^ "Seven West Media: Annual Report" (PDF). July 2011. p. 19.
Retrieved 19 January 2012.
^ "Seven launches online catch up:Plus7;". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10
^ "Plus7 adds Kid's channel;". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10 March
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