Media Wrap: Sports rights out of control; Gyngell goes hard; Spectrum sale to net $1b; Copy theft laws floated

James McGrath
By James McGrath | 11 May 2015

Sports rights out of control

Australian media buyers are warning TV networks that there won't be enough advertising support available to underpin runaway sports rights deals.

Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, media buyers such as Henry Tajer, Simon Ryan warned that the spiralling costs of live premium sport could not be matched by ad dollars.

Gyngell goes hard against Gordon

Nine Entertainment Company CEO David Gyngell is going hard in negotiations with Bruce Gordon's WIN Corporation, according to reports in The Australian.

It said that Gyngell had put up the price to allow WIN to retransmit TV content by at least 50%.

Spectrum sale could net government $1 billion

Stripping excess spectrum from TV broadcasters could net the Federal Government a handy $1 billion, according to research commissioned by the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association.

According to the Australian Financial Review, the government is weighing up whether to ask TV broadcasters to give up some excess spectrum in return for cutting licensing fees.

Laws floated to stop online copy 'theft'

APN News and Media CEO and Newspaper Works chairman Michael Miller is calling for laws to stop online outlets lifting copy from newspapers without so much as attribution.

Giving an interview with The Australian, he said existing fair use and copyright laws were ineffective.

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