TS News - Australis Sued By Optus

TELE-satellit News, 28 December 1996

Australis Sued By Optus
  SYDNEY, Australia, 96/12/28 (SatND) -- Australis Media Ltd., operator of
the Australian pay-TV service Galaxy, faces legal action against a joint
venture with Optus Vision. Last August, Australis announced it was to share
DTH satellite infrastructure.

  Several Australis franchisees have meanwhile taken to court, claiming the
joint venture was a breach of existing contracts. Competitors such as
Foxtel, operated by Telstra and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., also try to
challenge the Australis/Optus venture. Foxtel claims it has a pre-existing
programming agreement with Australis. There were even more bad news for
Australis: During the last fiscal quarter, the company recorded an
A$51.1-million loss.

  Source: Sat-ND

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