blog If you’ve been watching the brouhaha between News Corporation and senior Labor figures such as Kevin Rudd over the past several days, you’re probably aware that there’s a theory out there that the rollout of the National Broadband Network is a massive threat to Foxtel. However, as I write today on the ABC’s The Drum site (we recommend you click here for the full article), there really isn’t a huge amount of reason right now to believe this. A sample paragraph:
“So do Foxtel executives stay up late at night worrying that the NBN will unleash a flood of rivals, all determined to eat the pay TV giant’s lunch? I’d say the company has definitely given Australia’s NBN-enabled future a great deal of thought. But right now and for the foreseeable future, there’s no grim disaster on the horizon for the bouncing baby boy birthed by News Corporation and Telstra.”
The article is part of a trio I would recommend you read on the whole Foxtel/NBN/News Corp imbroglio this week, to get a higher level of background knowledge and education on the situation — going beyond the current level of media hype and getting to the underlying fundamentals. Of course you can also check out my Delimiter 2.0 yarn (paywalled), where I argue that Murdoch and Foxtel’s management have demonstrated that they don’t want to kill the NBN, but also this extensive piece on Murdoch published by David McKnight, a professor of journalism, on The Conversation.
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