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NBN Co adds cable TV infrastructure to rollout plan

NBN roll-out

MAX MASON NBN Co will begin a customer pilot on the cable television infrastructure it acquired from Telstra and Optus, as part of the new multi-technology National Broadband Network, in the final quarter of next year.

Advertising agency Grey Group Canberra has closed

Shutting shop: Grey Group Canberra general manager Tony Mansfield blamed a small, declining market for the decision to close.

EMMA KELLY A changing market means advertising agency Grey Group Canberra is moving on after about 40 years.


Seven Network could snatch Tabcorp TV racing rights: sources

The negotiations between Tabcorp and TVN have fallen over after running for almost two years.

Jessica Gardner and John Stensholt Wagering giant Tabcorp could lose its right to broadcast NSW and Victorian thoroughbred racing to the Seven Network, which is considering stepping in as negotiations between Tabcorp and racing-owned broadcaster ThoroughbredVision Network fall over, sources said.


Fairfax Media and Macquarie Radio close in on $200 million merger

Fairfax media logo

Dominic White Fairfax Media and John Singleton’s Macquarie Radio network are very close to finalising a $200 million talkback radio merger

AFL rights on hold awaiting Network Ten's fate

Elizabeth Knight Dinkus Dinkus

ELIZABETH KNIGHT The apparent decision by the AFL to postpone the auction of its television sporting rights until Network Ten's future is clearer is understandable – the football organisation wants as many bidders in the room as possible.


Ten Network insists it has options beyond Foxtel and Discovery


Dominic White and Jared Lynch Ten Network Holdings executive chairman Hamish McLennan has dismissed suggestions that a joint 23¢ a share offer by Discovery and Foxtel is the sole option available for the broadcaster as it considers four takeover approaches.


oOh Media closes lower after flat ASX debut

OoOh!Media's Brendon Cook.

Sally Rose and Jared Lynch CHAMP Private Equity’s float of outdoor advertiser oOh!Media had a flat debut on the ASX, closing its first session down 1.6 per cent.


Ten Network Holdings chairman Hamish McLennan silent on Citi auction

Mulling it over: Ten Chairman Hamish McLennan.

Dominic White Ten Network Holdings remained tight-lipped at the opening of its annual meeting in Sydney about the auction for the company being run by its adviser Citi.


Fairfax Media takes minority stake in online education group Skoolbo


JARED LYNCH Fairfax Media has dipped a toe into the online education sector, taking a minority stake in Skoolbo.


Telstra fined $102,000 over iPhone advertising prices

Advertisements for Apple's iPhone have got Telstra into trouble.

MAX MASON Telstra has been fined $102,000 after the competition watchdog ruled that an iPhone advertisement misrepresented the price of the phone and plan bundle to consumers.


ABC staff wanting to take redundancy told to put their hands up by Friday

Deadline looms: ABC staff have been given until 5pm on Friday to contact their managers if they want to accept an offer of redundancy.

ANNA PATTY ABC staff who want to accept redundancy are advised to tell the state broadcaster while those who want to stay face a longer process.


The Sydney Morning Herald bolsters lead as the most-read news publication

The Sydney Morning Herald's website accounted for the bulk of the increase, rising 210,000 to 3.8 million readers.

JARED LYNCH Fairfax Media's The Sydney Morning Herald has strengthened its lead as the most-read Australian news publication, with readership leaping 130,000 to 5.6 million in October across mobile, tablets, online and print.

ABC cuts put the focus squarely on digital

ABC logo

Anne Davies Two years ago, ABC executives convinced Labor's communications minister, Stephen Conroy to update the  charter to include a mention of digital services. Mark Scott, fresh from Fairfax where he had overseen searing cuts in an effort to survive big falls in revenues and rapid shifts in the way audiences consumed news, was determined it was not going to happen again on his watch.


Former Nine chief Jeff Browne working on Ten bid


Dominic White Former Nine Network chief Jeff Browne is helping American television network turnaround specialist Saban Capital Group on its takeover plan for Ten Network Holdings, Fairfax Media can reveal.


Newzulu boosting media content

Newzulu could be changing the face of media.

JARED LYNCH As the ABC scraps its fleet of outside broadcasting vans, an Australian company believes it has the answer to ensure content is not sacrificed.


News Corp 'cautiously optimistic'

News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson.

JARED LYNCH News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson says the company's Australian newspaper business is continuing to show signs of recovery.


Die another day: James Bond veteran targets Ten

Ten's latest suitor helped breathe new life into the half-century old James Bond franchise, with Daniel Craig as the sixth actor to play the martini-sipping spy.

JARED LYNCH He led the revival of James Bond in the mid 2000s. Now Harry Sloan is on a mission to do the same thing with Ten Network. He's one of four bidders that have emerged for the ailing TV broadcaster, courting its billionaire shareholders.


Fairfax to take full control of Antony Catalano's Metro Media Publishing Holdings

Fairfax Media: Expected to mount a full takeover of Metro Media Publishing Holdings.

JARED LYNCH Fairfax Media is expected to mount a full takeover of Antony Catalano's Metro Media Publishing Holdings before Christmas, a source close to the deal says.


Viewers will pay for Malcolm Turnbull's retransmission law change - ASTRA


JARED LYNCH Malcolm Turnbull's plan to overturn retransmission rules could force Foxtel customers to pay for free-to-air content, says the boss of pay TV lobby group ASTRA.


Seven, Foxtel team up for video streaming service

Foxtel boss Richard Freudenstein said combined Presto and television bundles would be offered in combination with Telstra's broadband and mobile offerings.

Dominic White Seven West Media and Foxtel have formed a much-anticipated video streaming joint venture in which Seven will invest less than $10 million, a fraction of the $50 million its closest rival Nine Entertainment is investing in its own video-on-demand service.


Malcolm Turnbull queries Foxtel's free content

Fairfax Media understands the minister believes the clause, originally drawn up to allow self-help providers to provide television to remote communities, is no longer relevant in the digital age.

Jared Lynch and Dominic White Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is preparing to rip up a controversial clause in the retransmission regime in a move that could force Foxtel to pay commercial free-to-air television networks in order to carry their channels.

2014 Walkley awards: The Age takes top gongs

Joanne McCarthy, pictured with the Gold Walkley, has been crowned Fairfax Media's Women of Influence 2014.

The Age's Adele Ferguson has been crowned Australia's best journalist, winning the Gold Walkley for her coverage of the financial advisers scandal.


Lachlan Murdoch and James Packer to resist Ten debt deal

Rupert Murdoch says any deal with Ten won't include buying out his son Lachlan.

Dominic White Lachlan Murdoch and James Packer would resist any proposal to refinance Ten Network Holding's debt rather than accept a fairly-priced takeover offer for the equity of the company – which received a 23¢ a share, $605 million takeover offer from Discovery Communications and Foxtel on Tuesday night.


Vultures circle as struggling Network Ten runs short of options

Elizabeth Knight Dinkus Dinkus

ELIZABETH KNIGHT How could the board of Network Ten even think about accepting a takeover offer for the company at 23 cents a share?

High-flying Nick Chan leaves Seven West Media

TV companies Nine, Ten and Seven West Media reported falls ranging from 1.5 per cent to more than 3 per cent.

Dominic White Nick Chan is leaving Kerry Stokes’s Seven West Media as chief operating officer as the company restructures management and cuts costs just one year after promoting him to the role.

Ten trio stand to lose $400m in takeover

James Packer's family owns 25 per cent of investment company Ellerston.

JARED LYNCH Three of Ten Network Holding's billionaire shareholders are set to lose almost $400 million if a joint bid between US cable TV giant Discovery Communications and local pay-TV monopoly Foxtel is successful.


Foxtel, Discovery lodge $605m takeover bid for Ten

Discovery and Foxtel have lodged a revised bid for Ten.

Dominic White Discovery Communications and Foxtel have lodged a conditional, non-binding, takeover bid 23c a share for Ten Network Holdings, Fairfax Media can reveal.


Ten says it has received multiple takeover proposals

Ten stressed that “that the proposals are confidential, non-binding and conditional in nature and may or may not result in a transaction which is acceptable to the company”.

Dominic White Ten Network Holdings Limited has confirmed that it has received a number of “non-binding, conditional” takeover proposals from a number of bidders.


Foxtel-Discovery still favourites to snare Ten

Any bid for Ten would need to pass current media regulations and require the support of four key shareholders that control around 40 per cent of the stock – mining magnate Gina Rinehart, News Corp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch, Crown Resorts chairman James Packer and WIN Corporation owner Bruce Gordon.

Dominic White and Jared Lynch Discovery Communications and Foxtel remain determined to snare Ten Network Holdings despite cutting the price of an indicative joint offer they made several weeks ago, which Fairfax Media can reveal was pitched at 26¢ a share.


Telstra sees health benefits in internet-enabled devices

On a mission: Telstra chief scientist Dr Hugh Bradlow believes some deaths caused by heart attacks could be prevented with the right technology.

MAX MASON Smart watches, driverless cars and internet enabled fridges may grab headlines, but the internet of things has the potential to transform healthcare and save lives, Telstra chief scientist Dr Hugh Bradlow says.

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