"Big Brother" will be back on terrestrial web Ten for a sixth season in 2006, after boffo ratings for the Monday night finale.
The Australian Film Commission and pubcaster the Australian Broadcasting Corp. are together providing A$1.2 million ($900,000) for the Broadband Cross-Media Production Initiative (BCPI).
Neil Balnaves, topper of Southern Star Group, Australia's largest TV producer, will retire at the end of September after 40 years in the biz.
Communications Minister Helen Coonan has reaffirmed the government's commitment to Oz's "anti-siphoning" laws that keep big sports events on the free webs rather than feevees.
Regional paybox Austar has announced strong half-yearly results, with revenue rising 19% to A$219.9 million ($167.6 million).
Australia's Southern Star has sold the first two series of its hit rural drama "McLeod's Daughters" to SBS Netherlands.
Feevee platform Foxtel will extend its digital rollout to businesses with Foxtel Business Digital, a range of channel packages tailored for large and small companies.
Webs in Oz and Blighty scored record auds for parts of the four-day Ashes cricket match between the two countries, which the England team won Sunday by just two runs in a nail-biting finish.
Nigel Milan, topper at multicultural pubcaster SBS, will step down this month, five months before his contract ends. Head of television Shaun Brown will fill the post until a successor is found.
In Oz's biggest media trial, the owner of terrestrial web Seven is seeking A$1.1 billion ($840 million) in damages against 22 media rivals, including Rupert Murdoch's News Ltd., plus two sports…