Huge sports audiences induce fringe players to find ways into broadcast game, which leads IP owners to fight more cases, until legal cases over sport look a lot like sports as well. Does this mean we will be allowed to bet on the outcomes?
ABC drinks at Women`s Weekly trough to score 903,000 for Our Queen. Doesn`t happen often, though Kate`s Baby Bump is probably on sale at a market somewhere. And Nine wins the night while Ten almost pips the ABC with 19.1%.
Spurred on by the brutal slow-motion reduction in sponsorship, the AFI has brought a blowtorch to the AACTA awards. Do they make a difference? Can we drop some? Does anybody not in the running really care? See the new-look evidence-based industry-acclaimed list of awards for 2014.
In the last triennial apppropriation, the ABC received an extra $167m, which included $67m for ABC3 and $70m for drama production. This time round, News and Current Affairs are the big winners as the current government allows the ABC to grow.
As ratings for US shows decline in the second season, the life expectancy of franchises collapse. In this new world, many more new shows get seasons, but their income declines. Mirrors the Australian transition but for different reasons.
Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein has announced that Ben Buckley will join Foxtel as executive director – sport and Foxtel Victoria. Buckley replaces Peter Campbell who is leaving the network to join the Australian Football League. His appointment will be effective from 3 June, 2013.