Could Foxtel get its claws into terrestrial digital?

Foxtel could find a backdoor way to reach free-to-air homes, a media analyst has predicted. Media economist Peter Cox claims that the move by Foxtel to launch public affairs channel A-Span could lead to a direct challenge on the ABC’s own ambitions to launch a 24 hour news channel.

He suggests that despite the fact that the free-to-air digital channels are protected for the existing players, A-Span could get a slot via its ownership by PBL, which also has a major stake in the Nine Network.


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