Feeds

Australia Network stays in Aunty's lap

Murdoch empire out in cold as tender scrapped

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The Australian government has scrapped all future intentions for a competitive tender for the Australia Network broadcasting contract and has instead handed national public broadcaster the ABC with a permanent contract.

Cabinet met last night to discuss the contentious issue and make a decision on the vexed ten-year, $AU223 million contract which featured bids from Sky News and incumbent provider the ABC.

Last month, the government announced that it had terminated the protracted and controversial tender due to leaks which were hampering the process.

The ABC was nominated to continue to manage the broadcast into Asia until August 2012 while the government decided on how to handle the tender.

The Australian Federal Police and the Auditor General are currently investigating the media leaks. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said in a statement on Monday that “several leaks have compromised the process and prevented a fair consideration of the bids.”

“Having reflected upon the process to date, and what the service really needs to provide, the government has determined that Australia's international broadcasting service should be delivered by the national broadcaster. The ABC has been performing well in the role and the government believes that the national broadcaster will maintain and further enhance the Australia Network in the years ahead,” he said.

The Australia Network broadcasts to 44 nations in Asia and the Pacific.

The ABC welcomed the news but Sky News, which is co-owned by Rupert Murdoch, described the decision as “extraordinary.” “We expect to be fully compensated,” Sky News CEO Angelos Frangopoulos said.

Sky News was originally invited by the Australian government to bid for the tender. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.