Mark Pownall

Mark Pownall has around three decades of media experience. Prior to becoming CEO of Business News he ran the content operations of the business and was integral to the implementation of all the company’s digital products –twice daily email newsletters, weekly podcasts, deals database and BNiQ search engine. Mark has a Commerce degree from UWA and a post-graduate qualification in English from Curtin University. 

Pilbara knowledge too important to waste

SPECIAL REPORT: For indigenous entrepreneur Blaze Kwaymullina, the Pilbara is not the remote desert that many other Australians would perceive it, but rather the crucible of Aboriginal business development in this country.

Plan-free site now well stocked

It may not be the textbook approach to starting a business, but Jon Yau’s audacious move in 2013 to buy a domain name for $230,000 appears to be paying off.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Rising Stars, Satterley, Subiaco Pavilion, David Flanagan, Woodside and indigenous business.

Regional WA loses Nine in broadcast standoff

Regional television viewers in Western Australia have lost Channel Nine coverage after negotiations between the national TV player and a broadcast joint venture between Prime and WIN failed to reach an agreement last night.

New towers add to QV mix

Proponents of two proposed buildings adjoining QV1 are confident of a positive response from the market.

Strong field of star performers

Western Australia is in good hands if the quality of the 2016 Rising Stars awards is anything to go by. Click through to see our special report on all of the winners announced last night.

Subi Pavilion back on the block

The controversial Subiaco Pavilion site has been put up for sale, six years after the present owners bought the former markets and fought an extended battle to develop a high-rise apartment block.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Brexit, Rio reshuffle, MacMahon and Peter Fogarty’s new business ambitions.

Resistance is futile, embrace the tech era

The ever-resourceful human race will step up and adapt to the rise of the machines.

Internet sensors for critical machines

The internet’s disruptive role is different when it comes to heavy industry.

Business needs to stay the course

Several factors have combined to ensure WA businesses are in better shape than may have been expected, considering the speed and depth of the boom’s collapse. 

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Energy markets, election offerings, contract wins, Wellard and apartment development.

BN digital products score top prize

Business News has been recognised for the quality of its digital products, winning three international business publishing awards at the weekend.

Sales tightened for DVG in 2015

Big private car retailer DVG Automotive Group has released its results for the 2015 financial year, showing a tightening economy had not significantly hit its sales ahead of the sale of a majority stake to Japanese interests.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss home prices, data M&A, Austal and shipbuilding, subcontracting and insolvencies.

Any takers for positive change?

Incentivising communities to change is much more enlightened than a draconian bureaucratic approach.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Len Buckeridge’s estate, Pilbara projects, Junior miners, lithium deal, arts funding and infrastructure.

Legal fracas over $2.5bn Buckeridge estate

The family of yet another great Western Australian entrepreneur appears set for a public fight over an inheritance, with the descendants of the late Len Buckeridge going to court over his $2.5 billion estate.

Mark Pownall with ABC720

Mark Pownall from Business News joins Jane Marwick for a look at what's making headlines in WA business, and a focus on local business success stories the Shark Mitigation System and CV Check.

Burt immersed in a voyage of discovery

SPECIAL REPORT: A family affinity for agriculture gave her a start, but Alexandra Burt has found Voyager Estate an enriching experience.

Green shoots trimmed by WET conditions

SPECIAL REPORT: After more than a decade of oversupply, winemakers are disappointed that tax issues might hurt an industry recovery.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss CityLink dramas, a new resources project, Perth media, Wesfarmers and wine.

Back to the future with battery development

In the 1970s and 1980s WA was at the vanguard of battery research.

Driven by results, R&D counts

WHEN a truck drives over one of Mike Kenny’s units he knows all about it, or at least a customer of his North Coogee business does. The same goes for a car, a motorcycle or even a bike.

Labels not fixed in modern politics

Labels used to describe our nation’s political tribes are misleading if those considered ‘progressive’ favour the status quo in terms of state-owned utilities and employment conditions.

Mark Pownall with ABC720

Mark Pownall, Head of Content at Business News, joins ABC 720 Drive's Jane Marwick for a look at local business success stories.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Bell Group, Tony Galati, Uber, Gina Rinehart and philanthropy.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss state budget, asset sales, Newspoll, the Lord Mayor and hotels and apartments.

Bridging the gender gap

Some of the state’s biggest employers have made significant progress lately in terms of workplace gender equality.

Water sports sector review

The Department of Sport and Recreation and the organising bodies for several leading water sports have formed an Aquatics Strategic Steering Group to oversee a review into the state of the sector and

Big data brings science to the desktop

The use of complementary and overlapping technologies is providing valuable data, particularly for agriculture.


Mark Pownall's Picks

Recent reading

For the Aussie history buffs. Like a lot of things if you think polarised society, royals behaving badly or domestic terrorism are new things ... think again. Steve Harris is an accomplished journalist and media entrepreneur, so this a little different although his home town of Melbourne features prominently.

The Contiki story. It is a racy read with plenty of business tips from a backpacker who took his business global ... and pretty much lost the lot. The business journey is outlined in extraordinary detail. A must read for anyone who has travelled on the cheap to Europe.

Great management text if you are looking for someone to make sense of all the models and theories that sometimes attain cult status. Co-author is Perth-based Paul Culmsee.

Simon Sebag Montefiore's Jerusalem, a great historic introduction to many of the Middle East's current issues. In fact, when you see what goes on there today, a lot of it is explained by this book

Another fascinating read was Peter Rees' book Bearing Witness about Australia's great WW1 war correspondent Charles Bean. I note there's a competing biography by Ross Coulthart which I haven't read yet.

Also worth reading was one I dragged out of my father's library. William L Shirer was a foreign correspondent based in Berlin in 1930s and, due to America's late entry into WW2, was there during the early part of that conflict. His book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is half way between and academic work and the modern histories we are used to which are more entertaining. His book is awesome in its documentation and given a human element by the number of eye witness accounts he provides.

I really enjoyed The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin which was not only about the US presidency at the start of the 20th century, but the unique role investigative journalism played in reform. It reviews the incredible reporting backed by gutsy publishers who serialised stories on concerning issues with both economic and social implications. These journalists also had unprecedented access to the presidency, especially the progressive Franklin Roosevelt. As the circulation-boosting power of this style of journalism rose, however, some went too far, making up stories and spitefully attacking political leaders - leading to the expression muckrakers. The tabloids of today have historical precedent!

Sir Bob's visit

Some of the VIPs who really did have lunch with Sir Bob.

Recent reading

Just got through this great book by Bob de la Motte, well known in Perth finance circles. Its about his life, growing up in South Africa and competing in the 90km Comrades Marathon.

Another book worth mentioning is Njinga by a good friend of mine Kate Leeming - she's also just released a film on her trans-African cycling trip and is preparing to turn it into a TV documenary series. Her next project is Antarctica.

Find it here:

Executive remuneration

Worth checking out our CEO/executive/director remuneration list here. There are thousands of WA names on it ... 59 pages of salaries if you are up for it.


Meanwhile, I am awaiting a copy of this (not a Christmas hint - review copy coming I am told) which I expect will help decipher much about the mysterious world of bitcoin. This has been co-authored by a friend of mine and former colleague Michael Casey who has been writing regular columns on bitcoin for the past year or more. I have passed on a few tidbits to him about activity in Australia, but I have no idea if that was useful.

My all-time favourite business and political books are here on my Facebook page.


Visionary medico wins 40under40

This year’s First Amongst Equals winner is a passionate medical specialist but he’s also a visionary entrepreneur who has a lot in common with successful business leaders.

Vale Geoff Rasmussen

Western Australian corporate leader Geoff Rasmussen passed away on Friday night after a long battle with cancer.

Builton fails, administrator appointed

One of state’s biggest residential construction firms, Builton Group, has succumbed to the financial stresses engulfing the sector, appointing an external administrator earlier today after reports of the company’s financial troubles emerged last week.

Builton failure a costly housing hit

The collapse of yet another Western Australian residential builder appears set to further upset the delicate state of the sector, with financiers, insurers, 350 trade creditors and as many as 130 home owners facing losses.

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Shark cull outcry overreaction

The current shark cull is a politically challenging issue, but one where Colin Barnett is right to dig in because he has time and momentum on his side.

Daylight savers may have to wait awhile

Daylight saving may be the victim of Western Australia's election - further bemusing those who watch us from a distance.

Time to stop slaughter in our backyard

While the public spotlight on the offshore ill treatment of animals bred for slaughter is commendable, why does the RSPCA shirk such action when it comes to our own backyards, literally?

Fitness freaks need more Jacob’s ladders

I note the fuss made around the recent closure of Jacob’s Ladder, a stairway to Kings Park which, due to its popularity as an exercise venue, has earned the ire of local residents.