Ten’s summer is going to be a Big Bash

  Network Ten’s love affair with Twenty-20 cricket has been reignited after the network grabbed a slice of Cricket Australia’s broadcast pie. Ten has signed a five-year deal as the exclusive free-to-air broadcaster of the KFC T20 Big Bash League (BBL).  It is the first time the BBL will be broadcast on free-to-air after seasons… Continue reading Ten’s summer is going to be a Big Bash

Ten’s Olympic Dream

  Network Ten has announced it will be the Australian broadcaster for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. The reported $20 million agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) covers free-to-air television, subscription-TV, internet and mobile phone rights.  This is the first time Ten has Olympic rights since the 1988 Summer Games… Continue reading Ten’s Olympic Dream

Howzat: Nine and Ten go into bat with Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia, Channel Nine and Network Ten have reportedly agreed to a five year rights deal for Australian cricket’s free-to-air tv rights. The deal is worth a reported $550 million and will see the traditional cricket TV broadcaster Channel Nine retain the rights to international tests and ODIs played in Australia.  Channel Ten meanwhile will… Continue reading Howzat: Nine and Ten go into bat with Cricket Australia

Sports rights up for grabs

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… Continue reading Sports rights up for grabs

TEN & ONE learn how to swim!

After the TEN Network was widely criticised for its lack of extensive live coverage of last year’s FINA World Championship, including by this website, in good news for swimming fans, TEN has announced that the 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships will be broadcast LIVE and EXCLUSIVELY on TEN and ONE from Thursday, March 15 until March 22. The competition this… Continue reading TEN & ONE learn how to swim!

Lachlan Murdoch elected as TEN’s new Chairman

After much speculation Ten Network Holdings Limited has today announced that former interim-CEO and current TEN shareholder Lachlan Murdoch has been elected as the company’s Chairman. This move means that TEN’s existing Chairman Brian Long will become Deputy Chairman and Lead Independent Director. In TEN’s press release Brian Long said: “The Board is pleased that Lachlan has agreed… Continue reading Lachlan Murdoch elected as TEN’s new Chairman

A Local Version of Hulu is Needed

We reported earlier in the year that leading US online catch-up TV service HULU had applied for registration of its trademark in Australia, fuelling speculation of an Australian launch of the service some time in the near future. HULU is jointly owned by US media companies NBC Universal (Comcast), News Corporation & The Walt Disney Company and has around 260 partners… Continue reading A Local Version of Hulu is Needed

Nine secures Tour Down Under broadcast rights from SBS

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… Continue reading Nine secures Tour Down Under broadcast rights from SBS

Will Can of Worms rebound?

Last Monday night Can of Worms dropped to its lowest audience to date this season, pulling 591,000 viewers in the 9:30PM time slot. The week-on-week drop in viewership was through no fault of its own but due to the Ten programming department scheduling the Renovators at 8:30PM and putting Can of Worms back to 9:30PM. This begs the question will… Continue reading Will Can of Worms rebound?

Cadel Evans delivers for SBS

SBS‘s fantastic Tour de France for the last three weeks has averaged around 200,000+ viewers each evening. Since Thursday night as the Tour reached a crescendo in the Alps viewers tuned in droves with 456,000 viewers watching Stage 18 and Stage 19 scoring a then record 604,000 viewers for the multicultural broadcaster’s Tour de France coverage. Last night’s… Continue reading Cadel Evans delivers for SBS