BBC World axed from Oz’s Austar platform

News program replaced with local newscast

SYDNEY — In a move that has left BBC Worldwide executives seething, Denver-based UnitedGlobalCom’s Australian feevee operator Austar is yanking BBC World off its popular platform on March 31.

Austar is Oz’s second-largest feevee platform, with a monopoly in much of rural Australia. It also carries CNN and CNBC, both of which BBC World claims to outrate.

BBC World’s slot is being taken by Sky News Australia, a cheaper, locally produced channel owned jointly by (and using the resources of) Kerry Stokes’ Seven Network, Kerry Packer’s Nine Network and Rupert Murdoch’s U.K. satcaster BSkyB.

“We had to make a commercial decision and it was not possible to carry both Sky and BBC and maintain our current pricing structure,” Austar spokesman Bruce Meagher told Daily Variety.

“This is not a market-led decision,” said BBC Worldwide Asia-Pacific general manager Rob Milne, adding BBC offered incentives to Austar to continue offering the channel. “Austar has not consulted its customers and as a result our loyal regional viewers will be denied access to the channel.”

More TV

  • Nicki Minaj Stars in Awesome Unaired

    Nicki Minaj Drops Fiery Verse in Awesome Unaired ‘Saturday Night Live’ Parody of Haim

    SYDNEY — In a move that has left BBC Worldwide executives seething, Denver-based UnitedGlobalCom’s Australian feevee operator Austar is yanking BBC World off its popular platform on March 31. Austar is Oz’s second-largest feevee platform, with a monopoly in much of rural Australia. It also carries CNN and CNBC, both of which BBC World claims […]

  • Rachael Taylor, Krysten Ritter, Janet McTeer

    'Jessica Jones' Team on Genre Show's Timeliness, Being Ahead of the Curve on #MeToo

    SYDNEY — In a move that has left BBC Worldwide executives seething, Denver-based UnitedGlobalCom’s Australian feevee operator Austar is yanking BBC World off its popular platform on March 31. Austar is Oz’s second-largest feevee platform, with a monopoly in much of rural Australia. It also carries CNN and CNBC, both of which BBC World claims […]

  • Daniel Palladino, Rachel Brosnahan, Marin Hinkle,

    'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Renewed for Season Three by Amazon (EXCLUSIVE)

    SYDNEY — In a move that has left BBC Worldwide executives seething, Denver-based UnitedGlobalCom’s Australian feevee operator Austar is yanking BBC World off its popular platform on March 31. Austar is Oz’s second-largest feevee platform, with a monopoly in much of rural Australia. It also carries CNN and CNBC, both of which BBC World claims […]

  • 'SNL' Finale: Tina Fey Reprises Sarah

    'Saturday Night Live' Finale: Tina Fey Reprises Sarah Palin Role (Watch)

    SYDNEY — In a move that has left BBC Worldwide executives seething, Denver-based UnitedGlobalCom’s Australian feevee operator Austar is yanking BBC World off its popular platform on March 31. Austar is Oz’s second-largest feevee platform, with a monopoly in much of rural Australia. It also carries CNN and CNBC, both of which BBC World claims […]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Tina Fey"

    'Saturday Night Live' Parodies the Royal Wedding Reception (Watch)

    SYDNEY — In a move that has left BBC Worldwide executives seething, Denver-based UnitedGlobalCom’s Australian feevee operator Austar is yanking BBC World off its popular platform on March 31. Austar is Oz’s second-largest feevee platform, with a monopoly in much of rural Australia. It also carries CNN and CNBC, both of which BBC World claims […]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Tina Fey"

    'Saturday Night Live': Alec Baldwin Returns For Season Finale 'Sopranos' Parody (Watch)

    SYDNEY — In a move that has left BBC Worldwide executives seething, Denver-based UnitedGlobalCom’s Australian feevee operator Austar is yanking BBC World off its popular platform on March 31. Austar is Oz’s second-largest feevee platform, with a monopoly in much of rural Australia. It also carries CNN and CNBC, both of which BBC World claims […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content