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Canberra Times retains highest total readership

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The combined online, print, tablet and mobile audience of The Canberra Times remains at its highest level since the introduction of the Enhanced Media Metrics Australia measurement system in June 2013.


'We need to close the gap': Ten preparing to spruik 2015 lineup

Dominic White Ten Network Holdings will spruik its 2015 schedule to media buyers and analysts on November 13 at The Star in Sydney with executive chairman Hamish McLennan acknowledging the struggling broadcaster needs to close the gap between its audience share and its share of the advertising market.


Fairfax Media eyes bigger stake in Metro Media Publishing

Fairfax Media.

Madeleine Heffernan Fairfax Media is interested in increasing its stake in or buying out the real estate magazine and digital group Metro Media Publishing.

Netflix secures Australian streaming rights to Batman prequel series 'Gotham'

A scene from the first episode of the highly anticipated Batman prequel <i>Gotham</i>.

MAX MASON Providing the biggest hint yet that Netflix is preparing to launch in Australia, the US-based company has secured local streaming rights to the highly anticipated superhero television series Gotham.

Foxtel-Ten tie-up faces competition watchdog scrutiny

Foxtel digital

Madeleine Heffernan Any tie-up between the highly profitable pay TV operator Foxtel and struggling free-to-air broadcaster Ten Network face intense scrutiny from regulators.

Community TV bid for SBS channel rejected

Richard McLelland, the secretary of the Australian Community Television Alliance says Malcolm Turnbull (pictured) may have 'pulled the wrong rein.'

Madeleine Heffernan and Dominic White Sale of spectrum used by community TV sector expected to raise $200 million.


News Corp chief Robert Thomson says ad revenue falls 'not good enough'

News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson.

Madeleine Heffernan News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson says falls in its Australian advertising revenue are "clearly not good enough" but there there has recent improvements.


Community TV gets pushed onto internet

Madeleine Heffernan Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirms sale of spectrum now used by community TV.


Foxtel profits weaken its fight against internet pirates, CEO admits


Max Mason and David Ramli Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein admits his company’s profitability has made it harder to argue that internet pirates are killing the media industry, but says the livelihood of writers, actors, musicians and popcorn makers is being forgotten in the debate.

Rinehart, Handbury rumoured to have planned bid for Fairfax

Gina Rinehart denies Fairfax plans.

Madeleine Heffernan There has been speculation that Rupert Murdoch's nephew Matthew Handbury and billionaire miner Gina Rinehart were looking into a partial bid or full takeover of Fairfax Media.

Pay TV

Foxtel should pay to show free-to-air channels, say broadcasters

Free-to-air TV channels say Foxtel should be paying to rebroadcast their services.

Madeleine Heffernan The free-to-air broadcasters have put fresh pressure on Foxtel to pay them for showing their channels, releasing a report that links the recent renaissance in US television with the billions TV networks received from pay TV distributors in 2013.


Streaming services feeding TV binge growth

Game of Thrones

MAX MASON The appeal of watching what you want, when you want, and wherever you want is gathering momentum around the world.


Foxtel slashes subscription fees in battle for customers

MAX MASON Foxtel is stepping up its battle for subscribers by slashing the cost of a basic cable package by half to $25 and launching a new on-demand BoxSets channel for pay TV and digital users.


Regional TV companies lobby Nationals over ownership laws

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.

Madeleine Heffernan Regional television representatives attended the Nationals Party conference in Canberra on Friday, lobbying for media ownership laws to be relaxed.


APN News and Media considers Kiwi spin-off

APN's New Zealand assets include <i>The New Zealand Herald</i>, regional newspapers, The Radio Network and GrabOne - a group buying website.

MAX MASON APN News and Media is considering whether to spin-off its New Zealand assets, as the group assesses strategic options to help battle a volatile advertising market.


Twitter eyes NRL, AFL video deals

Twitter executive Adam Bain arrived in Sydney yesterday to talk with media bosses to discuss social media tie-ups, particularly for the AFL and NRL on the eve of finals season.

Patrick Durkin Expect to see the highlights of the ­football finals live on Twitter as the social media giant teams up with sporting codes and traditional media, as part of a push into television broadcasting.

Fairfax chairman Roger Corbett demands government moves on media laws

Fairfax Media chairman Roger Corbett.

Madeleine Heffernan Fairfax Media chairman Roger Corbett has warned it would be a "failure of leadership" if the government doesn't water down the country's "archaic" media ownership laws.


Seven confirms talks as TV networks line up over video streaming

Tablet viewing ... technology is adding to our TV hours.

Jake Mitchell and Dominic White Major television networks are staking positions in the new battleground of subscription-based streaming video.


Nine, Fairfax launch StreamCo to take on Foxtel, Netflix

Dominic White Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media have formed a joint venture to launch a subscription video on demand service that will take on Foxtel and American giant Netflix.


Seven West Media back in the black, hints at video deal

Seven West Media CEO Tim Warner and chairman Kerry Stokes.

Jake Mitchell Seven West Media has reported full-year net profit of $149.2 million, compared with a net loss of $69.8 million the previous year, which was hit by a write-down of the company’s magazine assets.

Fairfax Media denies plans to buy into Nine Entertainment

Fairfax Media.

Jake Mitchell Fairfax Media has squashed specu­lation that it is interested in buying a strategic stake in Nine Entertainment Co, ahead of the expiration of an ­agreement that has locked up $735 million worth of Nine’s stock.


Nine sees soft TV advertising market for December half

Tough times, but Nine continues to target a 40 per cent TV advertising market share.

Madeleine Heffernan Nine Entertainment has reaffirmed its target of 40 per cent of the free-to-air advertising market and reported full-year results that match guidance, but has forecast a "subdued" result for the six months to December.


iSentia reaffirms guidance

iSentia chief John Croll described as a solid one

Madeleine Heffernan Media monitoring company iSentia reaffirms guidance for this financial year and matches prospectus guidance in first annual guidance since June listing.

Foxtel gets ready to cut prices

The new bundles are set to see the price of a traditional premium Foxtel subscription fall below $100.

Dominic White and James Chessell Foxtel is preparing to drop the price of its premium pay television service below the $100 mark to counter cheaper competition in pay TV.

Red Dog producer warns piracy will degrade Australian film

JARED LYNCH Australian cinema will plunge to the quality of a “cat video on YouTube” if internet piracy continues unabated, the producer of Red Dog warns.

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