Ten loses The Simpsons as 21st Century Fox pulls rights

Channel Ten has lost the rights to all 21st Century Fox programs as the two companies negotiate a new deal.

Mumbrella understands the company has not received a letter of termination from Fox, with the contract being terminated verbally as the future of Ten’s ownership remains unclear.

Ten has been unable to broadcast 21st Century Fox content including The Simpsons – which has run on the network for more than 25 years – Modern Family, MASH and Futurama among other shows since last Monday.

Mumbrella understands The Simpsons has not been running since September, while other shows were pulled last week.

A spokesperson for Ten confirmed the news to Mumbrella: “Fox content is not playing on Network Ten at this stage.”

Ten had not yet scheduled the new seasons of Modern Family, This Is Us and The Simpsons.

The future of Fox’s programs on the network will be open for negotiation under CBS ownership, which won creditor approval three weeks ago.

Mumbrella understands the termination could save the company millions, which will be able to spend in local content.

It comes the same week as a KPMG report assessed Ten’s equity as essentially worthless.

The Australian Financial Review revealed the report found Network Ten’s shares have no value, which will limit Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon’s ability to challenge the transfer of equity.


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