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  • AUSTAR UNITED COMMUNICATIONS CHIEF EXECUTIVE JOHN PORTER SAYS THE CURRENT CONSUMER ENVIRONMENT IS ONE OF THE MOST NEGATIVE HE HAS EVER SEEN, SETTING THE SCENE FOR A DIFFICULT SECOND HALF.

    Austar Flags Negative Outlook

    The boss of the regional pay TV provider says subscriber growth has been weak in the current quarter, while existing customers are seeking cheaper subscription packages.

  • AUSTAR UNITED COMMUNICATIONS REPORTED A FOUR-FOLD INCREASE IN FIRST HALF NET PROFIT AND EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE A PROPOSED MERGER WITH FOXTEL WOULD PROCEED.

    Austar confident on Foxtel merger

    The regional pay TV provider said net profit for the six months to June 30, 2011, rose 328.5 per cent to $88.66 million.

  • THE LAUNCH OF MELBOURNE'S SPRING FASHION WEEK HAS BROUGHT SOME HEAT AND STAR POWER TO THE RAINY CITY, WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT STARLET DANNII MINOGUE IS THE EVENT'S AMBASSADOR THIS YEAR.

    Dannii Minogue Spring Fashion Week Ambassador

    The singer-turned-fashion-designer took time out of her busy schedule as a new mum to help launch the event in her home town of Melbourne on Tuesday.

  • THE OUTGOING BOSS OF AUSTRALIA'S COMPETITION WATCHDOG ADMITS THAT HE IS LEAVING HIS SUCCESSOR WITH A DIFFICULT ISSUE TO RESOLVE -- THE PLANNED $2 BILLION TAKEOVER OF PAY TV OPERATOR AUSTAR BY RIVAL FOXTEL.

    Austar Merger Critical Says ACCC

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has delayed its decision on the bid until September, indicating that it sees problems in it proceeding at all.

  • AMY WINEHOUSE RELEASED ONLY TWO ALBUMS IN HER LIFE, ONE OF WHICH SOLD MORE THAN A MILLION COPIES, WON FIVE GRAMMY AWARDS AND SPARKED A RETRO SOUL MOVEMENT THAT HASN'T YET STOPPED.

    Amy Winehouse Joins 27 Club

    Almost as soon as news of Winehouse's death broke and spread across social media, fans were inducting her into the unfortunate pantheon of music talents gone too soon. Many noted that Winehouse, 27, shared the same age at death as…

  • SARAH MURDOCH MAY HAVE GOT THE NAME OF AUSTRALIA'S NEXT TOP MODEL WRONG IN THE FINAL OF THE LAST SERIES BUT THAT DIDN'T STOP HER BEING VOTED FAVOURITE FEMALE PERSONALITY BY PAY TELEVISION VIEWERS.

    Murdoch Wins Pay TV Favourite Personality

    Host of Australia's Next Top Model, Murdoch, won the favourite female television personality and this year's Australian Subscription Television Awards (ASTRA Awards) at the Sydney Theatre on Thursday night.

  • PAY TV BROADCASTER FOXTEL SAYS IT HAS SECURED ITS $2.5 BILLION TAKEOVER FOR AUSTAR, IN A MOVE TO SHORE UP ITS HOLD ON THE SECTOR IN THE FACE OF COMPETITION FROM FREE-TO-AIR CHANNELS.

    Foxtel says it now has Austar

    Austar said its listed entity, Austar United Communications, had entered into definitive transaction agreements with parent shareholder, Liberty Global Inc, and Foxtel Management, under which Foxtel would acquire Austar by a series of transactions, including a scheme of arrangement.

  • AFTER WEEKS OF SPECULATION TV VIEWERS WERE FINALLY ABLE TO SEE MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA CONTESTANT MAT BEYER BOOTED OFF THE SHOW FOR USING A MOBILE PHONE.

    MasterChef's phone scandal

    Last month, Ten described a newspaper report that said the IT tech support worker from Victoria was sent packing from the show over a smartphone as mere speculation.

  • TEN'S NEW PANEL SHOW CAN OF WORMS GOT OFF TO A GOOD START WITH MORE THAN 900,000 VIEWERS TUNING IN FOR ITS DEBUT.

    Can of Worms' Appetising Opening

    Ian "Dicko" Dickson, the brainchild and former judge of Australian Idol, is the host of Can of Worms, which involved a panel of three celebrities discussing issues of the day.

  • RETAILER HARVEY NORMAN HAS REJECTED CLAIMS THAT IT IS CONTRIBUTING TO THE DESTRUCTION OF AUSTRALIA'S FORESTS BY USING NATIVE TIMBER TO MAKE ITS FURNITURE.

    Harvey Norman targeted in TV ad

    MFC and GetUp! had planned to launched a 60-second television commercial targeting Harvey Norman, which is a major TV advertising client.

  • TEN NETWORK WILL OFFER VOLUNTARY REDUNDANCIES TO STAFF AS THE COST-CUTTING DRIVE UNDER INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE LACHLAN MURDOCH GATHERS PACE.

    Ten offers voluntary redundancies

    Murdoch said in an email to staff on Sunday night (AEST) that the company's television and outdoor advertising arms would undergo "a necessary but inevitably painful restructure".

  • AN INCREASING NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARE TURNING FROM TRADITIONAL TV OF MAJOR BROADCASTERS TO ON-DEMAND VIEWING USING ONLINE SERVICES, AND THE MOVE IS BEING SPEARHEADED BY CHILDREN.

    Kids spearhead move to TV on demand

    An increasing number of people are turning from traditional TV of major broadcasters to on-demand viewing using online services, and the move is being spearheaded by children.

  • PURPLE WIGGLE JEFF FATT HAS UNDERGONE EMERGENCY SURGERY IN A SYDNEY HOSPITAL FOLLOWING THE DIAGNOSIS OF A HEART CONDITION.

    Purple Wiggle has emergency heart surgery

    The 57-year-old is suffering from arrhythmia, a condition where the heart beats irregularly, and had been feeling unwell for several weeks, reports say.

  • THE SEVEN NETWORK SAYS IT HAS NO PROBLEM TELEVISING FOUR AFL GAMES PER ROUND FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, AFTER THE TEN NETWORK PULLED OUT OF THE RUNNING.

    Ten pulls out of AFL TV negotiations

    Seven earlier this year bought the rights to broadcast four matches as part of the AFL's $1.253 billion rights deal, under which Foxtel will show all nine matches live.

  • THE TEN NETWORK SAYS A REPORT THAT A CONTESTANT HAS BEEN KICKED OFF MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA FOR SMUGGLING A SMARTPHONE ONTO THE HIT COOKING SHOW IS MERELY SPECULATION.

    MasterChef's Mat a MasterCheat?

    The Herald Sun reports that Victorian contestant Mat Beyer was sent packing from MasterChef Australia two weeks ago after the show's producers caught him with the phone.

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