News from AAP

  • CHANNEL SEVEN CONSIDERED KEEPING ITS SENIOR EXECUTIVE JAMES WARBURTON ON FULL PAY FOR MONTHS "UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF THE CHAIRMAN" BUT WITHOUT REQUIRING HIM TO WORK, AFTER LEARNING HE WAS DEFECTING TO HEAD UP RIVAL NETWORK TEN, A COURT WAS TOLD.

    Seven and Ten in war over CEO

    Seven Group Holdings Ltd has taken legal action in a bid to delay Mr Warburton starting his new job as chief executive of Ten Network Holdings Ltd.

  • CHANNEL SEVEN DECIDED AGAINST BIDDING FOR THE TOP-RATING MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA PROGRAM BECAUSE OF FEARS IT COULD JEOPARDISE THE TELEVISION NETWORK'S BID TO RETAIN ITS AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (AFL) BROADCAST CONTRACT AND UPSET THE MURDOCH CLAN, A COURT HAS HEARD.

    Seven chooses AFL over MasterChef Australia

    Seven commercial director Bruce McWilliam told the NSW Supreme Court that Seven boss Kerry Stokes made the decision not to take MasterChef Australia from the Ten Network.

  • THE RISE OF HANDHELD DEVICES HAS NOT AFFECTED THE TRADITIONAL TELEVISION WATCHING MARKET AS THE FREE-TO-AIR AND PAY TV VIEWING AUDIENCE IS UP 7 PER CENT THIS YEAR, THE INDUSTRY SAYS.

    TV, mobile viewing on the rise

    Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) chief executive Petra Buchanan says the industry has found that the use of handheld devices was in addition to the time people spent in front of the more traditional television screen.

  • THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS FLAGGED CHANGES TO ANTI-SIPHONING LAWS, SAYING THERE IS A VALID CASE TO FORCE A "USE-IT-OR-LOSE-IT" POLICY ON FREE-TO-AIR TELEVISION STATIONS.

    Sport on free-to-air TV in jeopardy

    Pay-TV operators are pushing the government to relax the laws which prevent them from acquiring exclusive rights to listed sporting events such as the Melbourne Cup, AFL and NRL matches, rugby tests and international cricket matches in which Australian teams are playing.

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