Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 14 : 29-Aug-17
The deal for US-based CBS to acquire Ten Network will not require changes to cross-media ownership laws, unlike the rival bid from Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon. The deal only requires approval from Ten’s creditors, a court and the Foreign Investment Review Board. Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says the deal means cross-media ownership reforms are not necessary. Fairfax Media CEO Greg Hywood rejects Shorten’s claim that the proposed media reforms were primarily aimed at saving Ten, arguing that they are intended to ensure that the local media sector remains competition in a changing media landscape.
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