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  • SARAH MURDOCH WON'T BE RETURNING TO HOST AUSTRALIA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (AUSNTM) IN 2012.

    Sarah Murdoch not returning as AusNTM host

    After famously declaring the wrong winner during her debut season on the pay-TV reality series, it must have taken guts for the model and wife of Lachlan Murdoch to return to the show this year.

  • THE PACKER FAMILY'S CONSOLIDATED PRESS HOLDINGS (CPH) WON'T BE GETTING BACK INTO FREE-TO-AIR TELEVISION IN A BIG WAY, DESPITE ITS INVESTMENT IN THE TEN NETWORK, CPH EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN JAMES PACKER SAYS.

    Packer not keen on free TV

    When Packer bought a 17.88 per cent interest in Ten last year, then split the stake with fellow media heir Lachlan Murdoch, he made bullish comments about the future of free-to-air television, as well as Ten's multi-channel strategy.

  • THE COMPETITION WATCHDOG SAYS IT'S CLOSER TO MAKING A DECISION ON FOXTEL'S PROPOSED TAKEOVER OF REGIONAL PAY TV PROVIDER AUSTAR.

    ACCC Delays Foxtel-Austar Takeover

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims said the decision had been delayed by the massive amount of information supplied by the companies in support of their merger, which took time to process.

  • ORIGINAL TELEVISION SHOWS LIKE THE ADAPTATION OF TIM WINTON'S CLOUDSTREET HAVE BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY A SURGE OF INVESTMENT IN AUSTRALIAN-MADE PROGRAMMING LAST YEAR.

    Pay TV Investment Boosts Aussie Content

    Figures released by the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) on Thursday showed a 7 per cent increase in spending on local content through 2010.

  • THE STUDIO THAT FIRED FORMER TWO AND A HALF MEN STAR CHARLIE SHEEN HAS STRUCK A DEAL WITH THE ACTOR TO END THEIR LEGAL DISPUTE.

    Sheen, Studio Settle Lawsuit

    Warner Bros Television released a statement saying that Sheen's lawsuit against the studio and series executive producer Chuck Lorre has been settled "to the parties' satisfaction". The statement said terms of the settlement are confidential.

  • MORE THAN TWO AND QUARTER MILLION VIEWERS TUNED IN TO SEE ASHTON KUTCHER REPLACE CHARLIE SHEEN IN TWO AND HALF MEN ON TUESDAY NIGHT.

    Kutcher's Two and a Half Men Debut Draws 2.29m

    The show was by far the highest rated on the night, with an audience of 2.293 million.

  • TWO AND A HALF MEN CREATOR CHUCK LORRE HAS INTRODUCED ASHTON KUTCHER AS A NEW STAR OF TELEVISION'S MOST POPULAR COMEDY, WHILE GAINING A MEASURE OF REVENGE AGAINST THE DEPARTED CHARLIE SHEEN.

    Chuck Lorre's Revenge on Charlie Sheen

    How Sheen's character Charlie Harper would be killed off was a closely-held secret and it was revealed right away during the season premiere: he slipped on a subway platform in Paris and was hit by an oncoming train.

  • AUSSIE KIDS ARE STILL SPENDING ALMOST HALF OF THEIR SPARE TIME WATCHING TV, ON THE INTERNET OR PLAYING VIDEO GAMES, A NEW SURVEY SHOWS.

    TV Still King with Kids

    About 2.4 hours of their day is spent glued to the television, according to the Cartoon Network's annual New Generations Poll, with the figure largely unchanged from last year, a spokesperson said.

  • CONSOLIDATED MEDIA HOLDINGS (CONSMEDIA) EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN JOHN ALEXANDER SAYS HE EXPECTS FOXTEL'S $2.5 BILLION TAKEOVER OF REGIONAL PAY TV PROVIDER AUSTAR TO GO AHEAD.

    ConsMedia Upbeat on Foxtel Bid for Austar

    Alexander says the tie-up, which requires Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) approval, will create one of Australia's biggest media companies.

  • EVEN A FATWA IS GRIST FOR COMEDY WHEN YOU'RE DAVID LETTERMAN.

    Letterman Mines Laughs From Death Threat

    Back from a two-week holiday, and making his first TV appearance since a threat against his life was posted on a jihadist website, the Late Show host played it for laughs during Monday's monologue.

  • TEN IS RESURRECTING YOUNG TALENT TIME IN AN EFFORT TO CASH IN ON THE SUCCESS OF GLEE.

    Ten's 2012 Line-Up Resurrects Young Talent Time

    The network announced its 2012 line-up in Sydney on Wednesday night, which included the return of Johnny Young's '70s and '80s talent show.

  • TEN NETWORK HOLDINGS HAS SLASHED STAFF NUMBERS BY 12 PER CENT AND FOUND ANNUAL SAVINGS OF ABOUT $18 MILLION AS PART OF A WIDE-RANGING REVIEW TO CUT COSTS THAT IT FLAGGED EARLIER IN THE YEAR UNDER NEW BOSS LACHLAN MURDOCH.

    Ten Axes Staff, Saves $18m

    Despite inflationary pressures and significant contractual increases in program costs this financial year, television costs would be no higher than those in 2010/2011, Ten said on Monday.

  • FOXTEL IS CONFIDENT THAT IT CAN AGAIN ACHIEVE GROWTH THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, AIDED BY ITS $600 MILLION PLUS AFL DEAL, DESPITE CONSUMER UNCERTAINTY CREATING A TOUGH MARKET FOR PAY TV.

    Foxtel Optimistic on 2012 Growth

    The AFL is expected to earn around $1.2 billion from the 2012-16 broadcast deal, which gives Foxtel the rights to show all games live on pay TV.

  • TALK SHOW QUEEN OPRAH WINFREY IS TO BE HONOURED WITH AN OSCARS STATUETTE LATER THIS YEAR FOR HER OUTSTANDING HUMANITARIAN WORK, BUT NOT EVERYONE IS HAPPY ABOUT THE MOVE.

    Oprah to Receive Oscars Humanitarian Award

    The 57-year-old television megastar -- nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar 25 years ago for her work in The Color Purple -- is to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at a dinner in November, Academy Awards officials said on Wednesday.

  • BUDDING FILMMAKERS ARE BEING OFFERED A START BY PITCHING A SERIES TO BE BROADCAST ON THE INTERNET.

    Movie Extra Webfest Offers Budding Filmmakers $50,000

    Pay TV channel Movie Extra has launched a competition, Webfest 2.0, giving aspiring directors the chance to win $50,000 to produce a seven-part web series.

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