You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Seven Network appeals in case

Media trial set to drag on

Australia’s largest and most expensive media trial, Seven Network’s C7 trade practices case, looks set to drag on as the free-to-air web announced it would launch an appeal.

Seven lost a five-year, $A200 million ($170 million) legal battle against Oz media titans including Rupert Murdoch who, Seven claimed, conspired to force its fledgling C7 sports pay TV channel out of business.

Justice Ronald Sackville dismissed the case in August, saying Seven had been “the author of its own misfortune.”

Seven is appealing on two specific points, asserting that Foxtel’s owners, News Ltd., Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd. and telco Telstra colluded in 2000 to ensure that C7 lost key sporting rights and that paybox Foxtel misused its market power by refusing to carry C7’s sports channels from 1998-2000.

The sporting orgs whose broadcasting rights lie at the heart of the dispute are the Australian Football League, the National Rugby League and the Australian Rugby League.

If the appeal is successful, the case could go back before a judge.

More TV

  • A view of the headquarter of

    Comcast Makes Formal $31 billion Offer for Sky

    Australia’s largest and most expensive media trial, Seven Network’s C7 trade practices case, looks set to drag on as the free-to-air web announced it would launch an appeal. Seven lost a five-year, $A200 million ($170 million) legal battle against Oz media titans including Rupert Murdoch who, Seven claimed, conspired to force its fledgling C7 sports […]

  • Rod Henwood Joins 'The Night Manager'

    Zodiak and Channel 4 Alum Rod Henwood Joins 'The Night Manager' Producer The Ink Factory

    Australia’s largest and most expensive media trial, Seven Network’s C7 trade practices case, looks set to drag on as the free-to-air web announced it would launch an appeal. Seven lost a five-year, $A200 million ($170 million) legal battle against Oz media titans including Rupert Murdoch who, Seven claimed, conspired to force its fledgling C7 sports […]

  • Sony Pacts with Komixx for Young

    Sony Pacts with Komixx for Young Adult Content

    Australia’s largest and most expensive media trial, Seven Network’s C7 trade practices case, looks set to drag on as the free-to-air web announced it would launch an appeal. Seven lost a five-year, $A200 million ($170 million) legal battle against Oz media titans including Rupert Murdoch who, Seven claimed, conspired to force its fledgling C7 sports […]

  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Hank Azaria Says He's Willing to 'Step Aside' From Controversial Apu Role

    Australia’s largest and most expensive media trial, Seven Network’s C7 trade practices case, looks set to drag on as the free-to-air web announced it would launch an appeal. Seven lost a five-year, $A200 million ($170 million) legal battle against Oz media titans including Rupert Murdoch who, Seven claimed, conspired to force its fledgling C7 sports […]

  • Sense8

    TV News Roundup: ‘Sense8’ Finale Special Sets Netflix Premiere Date

    Australia’s largest and most expensive media trial, Seven Network’s C7 trade practices case, looks set to drag on as the free-to-air web announced it would launch an appeal. Seven lost a five-year, $A200 million ($170 million) legal battle against Oz media titans including Rupert Murdoch who, Seven claimed, conspired to force its fledgling C7 sports […]

  • Nicole Emanuele Katherine Oliver

    North Fork TV Festival Sets Judges Panel

    Australia’s largest and most expensive media trial, Seven Network’s C7 trade practices case, looks set to drag on as the free-to-air web announced it would launch an appeal. Seven lost a five-year, $A200 million ($170 million) legal battle against Oz media titans including Rupert Murdoch who, Seven claimed, conspired to force its fledgling C7 sports […]

  • AMERICAN IDOL - "114 (Top 10

    'American Idol': On the Scene for the Show's Emotional First Live Elimination

    Australia’s largest and most expensive media trial, Seven Network’s C7 trade practices case, looks set to drag on as the free-to-air web announced it would launch an appeal. Seven lost a five-year, $A200 million ($170 million) legal battle against Oz media titans including Rupert Murdoch who, Seven claimed, conspired to force its fledgling C7 sports […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content