Just a week after telling the Australian media to be kinder and to stop attacking each other (to howls of laughter), News Corp’s Australian boss Michael Miller joined a chorus of media chiefs who accused the public broadcasters of stealing audiences with their free content, distorting the market for commercial players and aggressively competing for TV shows and online news audiences. The Australian used its front page to launch an unedifying attack on the ABC and SBS (“Calls to rein in ABC and SBS”) which continued for a couple of days. “Corporate chiefs at News Corp, Fairfax Media, Seven West Media and Nine Entertainment are among a group of industry leaders throwing new weight behind criticisms the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service are overstepping their public service remit,” the report said. While attacks on the ABC are commonplace at the Oz, SBS was now in Murdoch’s sights. Why? Because The Handmaid’s Tale was a hit. While News Corp hates Netflix as its competition for Foxtel, what they hate even more than the US giant is “free Netflix” or SBS on Demand, which has built an excellent library of quality TV shows, documentaries and classic movies. SBS also… Read full this story
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