Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

On 13 June 2013 the NSW Government announced that Sydney had won the rights to host the #Openingseries of Major League Baseball (MLB) in 2014 – this would be the first time that such a match would be held in Australia.  The #Openingseries of the MLB, which is one of the biggest sporting competitions in […]

It has been a big year for cricket broadcast rights in Australia with Cricket Australia signing new broadcast deals with Nine and Ten. Building on a year of new deals, Cricket Australia has today announced that the Nine Network will be the exclusive broadcaster of the new look Ryobi One-Day Cup. Matches will be broadcast on […]

Two stories caught my interest in last week’s national papers, The Australian and The Australian Financial Review. The stories both concerned the ongoing negotiations for V8 Supercars’ new media rights deal, which will commence next year. The Australian’s article focused on Ten’s play for the rights, which if successful would see the network return to […]

A report in the Australian last year confirmed that High Definition (HD) broadcasting of Australian sport on free-to-air television looks dead and buried. For those who did not notice Saturday coverage of AFL matches by the Network Ten only featured on the network’s primary channel towards the end of last season, whilst viewers were able to watch […]

  The fist event for 2012 on the UCI World Tour starts this Sunday in South Australia with the Santos Tour Down Under. As reported earlier by Frost Global the broadcast rights for the 2012 event were awarded to the Nine Network after SBS had previously broadcast the event. We noted in our earlier article that the press […]

The Santos Tour Down Under has a new Australian free-to-air broadcast partner, the Nine Network. There were murmurs a couple of weeks ago when SBS staffed tweeted that they were likely to lose the broadcast rights to the Tour Down Under (TDU) to Channel Nine from next year. Under the new broadcast agreement Nine will be […]

A couple of things happened on Saturday night: The QANTAS Wallabies won their first Tri Nations tournament since 2001, by overcoming the All Blacks at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium; and Over 1 million viewers tuned into see that win. Over the last few years it is arguable that there has been a decline in viewers for […]

  Reports in the Australian and the Australian Financial Review last week confirmed the government is failing to act on important regulatory issues affecting Australian television broadcasters. The first is the delay to pass the Anti-siphoning reforms that were first announced in December last year and second the delay to award the new Australia Network contract. Since this […]

There has been non-stop news coverage across Australia and the world as the Queensland Flood Crisis continues worsen. I was sent home from work yesterday in Brisbane’s CBD and was told not to go into work today or tomorrow. The Brisbane CBD is like a ghost town with only essential services such as supermarkets open […]

News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch said earlier this year that “content is not just king, it is the emperor of all things electronic. Clever technology is merely an empty vessel without any great content.”