Packer resigns from Network Ten Board - March 2011
Man purchases shares in Network Ten
Network Ten, or Channel Ten, is one of Australia's
three major commercial television networks. Owned-and-operated
stations can be found in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane,
Adelaide and Perth, while affiliates extend the
network to cover most of the country. Ten consistently
rates third amongst all channels in Australia's
five largest cities, behind the Seven Network
and Nine Network.
the introduction of television in Australia in
1956 up until 1965 there were only two commercial
television networks in Australia, the Nine Network
and the Seven Network, but in the early 1960s,
the federal government began canvassing the idea
of licencing a third commercial television station
in each city. This decision was seen by some commentators
as a way for the government to defuse growing
public dissatisfaction with the dominance of imported
overseas programming and the paucity of local
the Australian television industry was closely
modelled on the two-tiered system that had been
in place in Australian radio since the late 1930s.
One tier consisted of a network of publicly-funded
television stations run by the Australian Broadcasting
Commission, which was funded by government budget
allocation and (until 1972) by fees from television
viewer licences. The second tier consisted of
the commercial networks and independent stations
owned by private operators, whose income came
from selling advertising time.
in 1965, the new television network was initially
dubbed the "Independent Television Network"
or ITN, but it quickly adopted the title The 0-10
Network which reflected the names of the first
two stations in the group. In the early 1990s,
Ten also referred to itself by the acronym "The
Entertainment Network" in network promotions.
in Melbourne opened on August 1, 1964, and was
prodominantly owned by the Ansett transport and
media group, which at the time owned one of Australia's
two internal airlines. TEN-10 in Sydney, which
opened on April 5, 1965, was originally owned
by United Telecasters Sydney Ltd (UTSL).
November 17, 2006, Network Ten revealed its 2007
program line-up. It was announced that all of
Ten's Australian and overseas franchises would
return. Network Ten has commenced a new program
supply agreement with 20th Century Fox, and its
music records based on Sony BMG only, which was
previously held by the Seven Network. Ten has
also commenced a new program supply agreement
with the CBS Corporation, which includes its news
division, which had been aligned with the Nine
Network for many decades. Ten's chief executive
officer, Grant Blackley, and chief programming
officer, David Mott, launched Ten's 2007 lineup
at Sydney's State Theatre.
current Australian programming lineup consists
of television shows including: 9am with David
and Kim, Australian Idol, Big Brother Australia,
The Biggest Loser, Neighbours, Rove and Thank
God You're Here. On February 7, 2007, Ten debuted
the Australian version of the The Con Test, based
on the British TV show Poker Face. Also premiered
early in 2007 is Saving Babies, also the return
of Bondi Rescue.
Ten relies heavily on its CBS and FOX output deals.
The Simpsons has been a staple of the network
for almost two decades, with repeat episodes formerly
screening at 6pm weeknights (Friends replaced
this timeslot in February 2008) and on weekends.
Other overseas programming on Ten includes; Futurama,
House, Jericho, the Late Show with David Letterman,
Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent,
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Medium,
NCIS, NUMB3RS, Supernatural, The Office, The Bold
and the Beautiful and Judge Judy.
Ten plans to show several new shows from the 2007
US fall season. Season One of Californication
has already been broadcast (episodes were shown
two weeks after their American broadcast) - though
most of the US Fall 2007 shows are expected to
appear on Ten in 2008, including Back To You,
Women's Murder Club, Kid Nation, K-Ville, Journeyman,
Cane, Swingtown and Rules of Engagement. Ten has
also announced that they are going to screen Dexter,
the remaining episodes of One Tree Hill during
the second half of 2008, and will air a new Australian
soap opera, Out of the Blue.
& Current Affairs
Ten's news service is called Ten News. It produces
the following bulletins/programs; Ten's Early
News, Ten's Morning News, Ten News, Ten's Late
News, Sports Tonight, and Meet The Press. In November
2006, Network Ten struck a deal with CBS, reportably
worth AUS $6 Million a year. This allows Network
Ten the rights to air all CBS News footage, as
well as access to its 60 Minutes, Dr. Phil, Late
Show with David Letterman and 48 Hours programs.
This deal occurred after CBS's talks with the
Nine Network broke down, with Nine refusing to
pay AUS $8 Million a year to continue its 40-year
deal with CBS. Ten in turn struck a cheaper deal,
and has onsold CBS's 60 Minutes stories to Nine.
2002, Ten acquired broadcast rights for Saturday
afternoon and Saturday night games in the Australian
Football League, the elite Australian Rules Football
competition, displacing the Seven Network which
had held the rights for more than 40 years. The
deal also assigned the rights for finals broadcasting
to Network Ten. From 2007 to 2011, Ten will jointly
broadcast the AFL with the Seven Network, continuing
to broadcast the Saturday component of the competition.
However, unlike the previous deal Ten will not
hold the exclusive rights to the finals series.
Instead, the networks will share the broadcasting
of the finals series and will alternate the broadcast
(year on year) of the grand final. In years when
Ten does not televise the Grand Final (2008 and
2010), it will show the Brownlow Medal presentation.
Network Ten has announced that it will broadcast
the AFL and the Rugby World Cup 2007 in the 1080i
High Definition format.
used to air the National Rugby League (NRL) (then
New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL)) in the 1980s
and early 1990s, but the Nine Network took over
Ten also used to air the National Basketball League
during the mid-90's, but after delegating games
to extremely late night time slots the network
eventually ended its broadcasting. Fox Sports
is currently the major broadcaster for the NBL
and the Nine Network runs a weekly highlight package
(the only free-to-air broadcast of the league).
Despite no longer broadcasting the NBL, Network
Ten remains a sponsor and "Official Television
Partner" of the Perth Wildcats.
used to air WWF RAW And WWF Superstars on Monday
and Saturday nights between 1995 and 2000. but
ended when Foxtel bought the rights to air the
2003 Network Ten started broadcasting the Formula
One World Championship. In 2007 they had also
started showing coverage of the qualifying.
Ten broadcasts major sporting events including;
the AFL Premiership Season and Finals (In conjunction
with the Seven Network and Foxtel), Formula One
World Championship , Moto GP World Championship,
NASCAR (TEN HD from 2008), and the Red
Bull Air Race World Series. Ten also holds
the rights to the 2007 Rugby World Cup and the
US Masters golf tournament.
well as this, Network Ten, in joint partnership
with subscription television provider Foxtel,
has broadcast rights for the 2010 Commonwealth
Games.Network Ten have also bought the rights
to the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) Cricket
starting April 18th 2008 and will broadcast the
event annually for the next 5 years although there
is some doubt that the Australian contracted national
players will be available for the tournament.
Man does not represent Network Ten
Man director owns shares in Network Ten