In the shadow of piracy claims, ACCC must put FOXTEL’s AUSTAR swoop on ice @SenatorLudlam #Australia


In the shadow of piracy claims, ACCC must put FOXTEL’s AUSTAR swoop on ice

Media Release: Greens communications spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, March 28th, 2012

The ACCC should delay its decision on the impacts of the proposed acquisition of AUSTAR by FOXTEL in light of the allegations of commercial piracy levelled against News Corp subsidiary NDS, the Australian Greens said today.

The Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the competition impacts of the takeover were troubling enough, and now made “infinitely more troubling” by the piracy allegations.

“The takeover would exacerbate the one-way trend towards monopoly in Australia’s pay-TV sector, and until these serious allegations against News Corp entities are resolved the ACCC should put any decision on hold.

“This morning I wrote to the ACCC to request a hold on the decision. All relevant material pertaining to the allegations of commercial piracy by News Corp against rival subscription television vendors should be reviewed by the ACCC before coming to a conclusion on the proposed $1.9billion takeover.

“It may be that these matters are referred to the Australian Federal Police, and I do not believe it would be appropriate for the ACCC to make findings on the proposed takeover until these allegations have been settled.”

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

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