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Max Mason is a business reporter cover media, marketing, advertising, technology and telecommunications.

Quickflix to acquire Chinese film and TV business

Max Mason Struggling Australian streaming and DVD business Quickflix will acquire an unnamed Shanghai-based film and television company and combine the businesses to distribute Chinese content across China and...

Court simmers with Nine, Seven cooking show face-off

Watching <i>Hotplate</i> didn't seem to be an appetising proposition for Judge John Nicholas.

Max Mason Justice John Nicholas seemed unimpressed at the prospect of watching hours of reality TV over the coming days as part of his deliberation on whether to grant Seven Network an injunction against Nine...

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Concerns Ten deal could give News Corp too much power over AFL, NRL

Sport remains one of the most valuable television commodities.

Max Mason, John Stensholt Foxtel's proposed acquisition of 15 per cent of Ten Network Holdings risks giving News Corporation too much influence in broadcast rights negotiations for Australia's biggest sports, sources say.

Carsales keeps healthily paranoid

Carsales chief executive Greg Roebuck says each partner is chosen in areas where Carsales can add value.

Max Mason has built its success upon being a disruptor in the vehicle classifieds industry, but now as the market leader it must find ways to fend off those looking to take what it has taken from...

Huffington Post Australia to launch on August 19

Former News Corp journalist Tory Maguire is to lead Huffington Post Australia.

Max Mason The Huffington Post is set to launch in Australia on August 19 led by former News Corp editor and journalist Tory Maguire as its launch editor-in-chief.

Quickflix shares in trading halt amid takeover speculation

Quickflix said it planned to release an update regarding a potential corporate transaction with an international party.

Max Mason Shares in online streaming service Quickflix have been halted from trade ahead of news of a potential acquisition.

Telstra launches Roku to take on Apple and Google

Telstra is taking on Apple and Google with a new device that hosts streaming video services.

David Ramli and Max Mason Telstra is pitching into the increasingly crowded video streaming market with a device that will take on not only tech giants Apple and Google but also it's 50-per-cent-owned Foxtel network.

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Hamish McLennan exit likely seen as 'cosmetic'

Hamish McLennan's exit from Ten is in part a response to trying to get the deal through the ACCC.

Max Mason The competition watchdog is likely to see the departure of Hamish McLennan from Ten Network Holdings as "cosmetic" when it considers a 15 per cent purchase of the free-to-air network by Foxtel and...

SEEK CEO steps up Asian expansion

Max Mason SEEK chief executive Andrew Bassat is hoping to grow the company's China and south-east Asia ventures to each grow bigger than its Australian operations, as the company prepares to launch its...

Nine and Seven pull knives out over kitchen clash

Neil Perry, Jess Ho, Erez Gordon and John Lethlean are judges on Seven's Restaurant Revolution.

Max Mason Seven and Nine are trading shots over the simultaneous launch of their new cooking shows, as media and advertising agencies warn of genre fatigue.

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Government urges ACCC to revisit Telstra wholesale pricing

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims.

Max Mason The Department of Communications has come out against a draft decision from the competition watchdog for a sharp decrease in the regulated price rivals pay for accessing Telstra's fixed copper...

'Friendless' free-to-airs to face grilling

Nine Entertainment shares have plummeted 24.7 per cent since news of the profit downgrade hit the market.

Max Mason Free-to-air broadcasters are "friendless" with investors but August's reporting season will give them a chance to change market perception, fund managers say.

Ten grows, but Seven, Nine still dominate advertising share

Excluding advertising revenue from the FIFA World Cup, the television market was broadly flat.

Max Mason Ten Network has inched higher in the advertising revenue market share, but Seven maintained its No.1 spot.

Ten-MCN announce restructured advertising sales business

Max Mason The restructure of Ten Network Holdings's sales division, as part of its merger with Multi Channel Network, will see 140 of the broadcaster's 150 staff remain with the business.

Government plans ACMA shake up

Fairfax Media has obtained an issues paper which will be released on Monday as Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull calls for submissions to the review.

Dominic White and Max Mason The Abbott government will consider splitting the chair and chief executive roles at the Australian Communications and Media Authority as part of a major overhaul amid simmering tensions between the...

Brands can play pivotal role in rise of women's sport

Australia's Kyah Simon celebrates after scoring against Brazil.

Max Mason When Kyah Simon slotted an 80th minute goal against Brazil at the FIFA World Cup in Canada last month, the Matildas achieved what no other Australian football team has ever before: victory in a...

Wagering and sports betting firm TopBetta heads for ASX listing

TopBetta will float on the ASX in September

Max Mason Sports wagering and fantasy platform TopBetta will look to raise between $5 million and $7 million as part of an initial public offering for a listing on the Australian Securities Exchange in...

Nine wins as sport dominates Wednesday night TV viewing

Justin Hodges of Queensland celebrates during game three of the State of Origin.

Max Mason Queensland's massacre of NSW in the State of Origin decider helped the Nine Network win metropolitan ratings on Wednesday night with 2.2 million viewers for the match.

Fairfax Media stays top of most-read publications in Australia


Max Mason The Sydney Morning Herald remains the most read news publication in across print, web, mobile and tablet in Australia with 1 million more readers than its closest rival.

Kyle and Jackie O radio ratings slip, Dan and Maz improve, Alan Jones still king

Alan Jones is still the runaway leader in Sydney breakfast radio.

Max Mason KIIS FM's star duo Kyle and Jackie O have slipped in the crucial Sydney breakfast slot and struggling rivals at 2DayFM Dan and Maz improved on lows, while Alan Jones extended his lead.