Seven planning TV, digital expansion

Channel 7 executive chairman Kerry Stokes says the Australian broadcaster plans to develop its multiple-channel TV business over the next year. Stokes also confirmed the broadcaster was appealing a Federal Court decision against it in the C7 case, in which Seven alleged its competitors had conspired to ruin its C7 sports pay television venture.

Stokes said Seven would build on its programme development and the network was committed to creating new free-to-air channels. “The launch of our new channel, Seven HD, is the first step to create a three channel network for Seven on free-to-air digital television, ” he said. “Over the coming 12 months (we) will see Seven develop a multiple-channel business – realising our long held ambitions in this promising evolution of free-to-air television.”

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