Fox Sports Pty Limited (formerly Premier Media Group) is a News Corporation owned media company and is Australia’s leading sports producer and broadcaster. It owns Australian subscription TV channels Fox Sports, Fox Sports News, Fuel TV, and Fox Footy and a range of video, text and statistical content for television, mobile phone and online delivery.
In February 2012, Premier Media Group changed its name to Fox Sports Australia, with CEO Patrick Delany explaining “The change from Premier Media to FOX SPORTS Australia provides a stronger reflection of the core business of the company in its name, which is, and will continue to be, sport."
Fox Sports broadcasts an average of around 20 hours of live sport per day into 2 million homes around Australia on subscription television with six million potential viewers through Foxtel, Austar and Optus TV. Premier Media Group also produces a dedicated Fox Sports News TV mobile phone channel. The Fox Sports channels are also available in more than 3,600 hotels and licensed venues as well as 190,000 hotel rooms throughout Australia.
Fox Sports currently has broadcast rights for the AFL, NRL, A-League, Socceroos, Super 14, Wallaby tests, domestic and international cricket, all four Golf Majors, three of the four Tennis Grand Slams (did not reach agreement with Channel 7 for 2010 Australian Open), and motorsport.
On 20 September 2010, PMG announced that SPEED will be joining their channel lineup from 1 November.
On 1 March 2011, HOW TO Channel closed and was replaced by XYZnetworks channel LifeStyle Home.
On 2 November 2012, News Corp. took control of Consolidated Media Holdings after a $2 billion merger was approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Federal Court and Consolidated Media Holding shareholders, making News Corp. 100% owner of Fox Sports Pty Ltd.
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