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Australian Government Gives Foxtel A$30M To Boost Sports Broadcasting

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 21 / 17

The Australian federal government has given pay-TV company Foxtel a A$30M ($23.9M) handout to "boost its sports broadcasting," according to Amanda Meade of the London GUARDIAN. But the government declined to explain why the News Corp.-owned company was "singled out for the largesse -- or exactl...

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