BOARD RECEIVES INDEPENDENT REPORT ON MISCONDUCT CLAIMS
Allegations made by a former employee of misconduct by the Seven West Media (“SWM”) CEO, Tim
Worner, were released to the media in late December 2016 (the “Statement”).
Given the seriousness of the allegations involved the Board sought that an urgent and thorough
independent review be conducted.
The review was conducted by Richard Harris, a litigation and investigations partner at Allens Linklaters1,
and included interviews with key current and former executives and employees relevant to the
allegations. The former employee, Ms Harrison, was also interviewed as part of the thorough review.
The review looked into each of the key allegations of misconduct contained in the Statement including:
the payment of a bonus to Ms Harrison; the circumstances of the investigation into her corporate credit
card expenses; the corporate credit card expenses of Mr Worner and other allegations of drug use and
their personal yet inappropriate relationship, which concluded in 2014; and allegations of other
inappropriate staff relationships by Mr Worner.
The Board has now received and reviewed Mr Harris’ report and has considered all relevant
circumstances. The Board has concluded that the allegations of misconduct by Mr Worner have not
been substantiated as the Board is satisfied that:
the company’s identification of significant credit card misuse by Ms Harrison was not instigated
by, or on behalf of, Mr Worner or his office and they had no involvement in the investigation.
Mr Worner did not influence, nor play any role, in the awarding of the bonus to Ms Harrison other
than signing the letters which informed her, and other Executive Assistants, of their bonus.
company funds were not deployed in furthering the relationship by Mr Worner or with his
approval. There were no irregularities in Mr Worner’s corporate credit card use.
the strong and vehement denials by the four employees falsely accused of having an
inappropriate relationship with Mr Worner are accepted without reservation and cast doubt on the
veracity of other accusations.
the allegations of illicit drug use by Mr Worner could not be substantiated.
Mr Worner did not have any involvement in the way the company dealt with Ms Harrison after the
relationship between them became known by the company.
This has been a tumultuous time for the entire company and with the receipt of the independent review
this matter can now be brought to a conclusion.
The Board is aware that there were a number of communications that passed between Mr Worner and
Ms Harrison that were of a highly personal nature that used language and expressed concepts that the
Board finds totally objectionable. However, the Board is of the view that the communications were
consensual, personal and private in nature and were only disclosed as a result of a breach of express