TX Australia at centre of legal action

The future of broadcast tower joint venture TX Australia continues to attract headlines as owners Nine and Seven pursue legal action against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports both networks argue the competition regulator lacks authority to mediate a dispute with 10 over access to its infrastructure.

10, is a former third party in the joint venture, which it lost after going into administration in 2017. It then turned to Broadcast Australia, used by the ABC & SBS.

But the latest dispute came about as Broadcast Australia wanted to use some of TX Australia’s 67 sites for coverage. 10 had been seeking access to TX Australia’s towers but was unable to agree a price. The case was taken to the ACCC.

In a separate matter both Seven and Nine have also been in discussions about a sale of the joint venture.

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