Watch­dog eyes Ten play

Townsville Bulletin - - BUSINESS DAILY -

THE com­pe­ti­tion watch­dog is ex­am­in­ing whether the Lach­lan Mur­doch- Bruce Gor­don takeover of the Ten Net­work will change Aus­tralia’s me­dia land­scape.

The Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion has sought sub­mis­sions on how the joint takeover bid for the Ten Net­work by its bil­lion­aire share­hold­ers might hit com­pe­ti­tion in Aus­tralian me­dia and ad­ver­tis­ing, as well as any ef­fects on what TV view­ers might see.

In an is­sues let­ter re­leased yes­ter­day, the ACCC out­lined po­ten­tial is­sues in­clud­ing how own­er­ship of Ten might af­fect Aus­tralian sports pro­gram­ming via any lim­i­ta­tions on ne­go­ti­at­ing po­si­tions or com­mer­cial in­de­pen­dence of sports bod­ies, au­di­ence reach or free- to- air broad­cast­ing.

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