Australia Network:

Dave Lennon writes: Re. "Media briefs: Maiden, Crikey fan ... NT News piss-take ... Sky for Oz Network ..." (yesterday, item 17). Speaking as a former employee of the original Asian TV service, Australia Television, and a prime mover in an ultimately unsuccessful bid team to get the licence for what is now the Australia Network when it was first offered by the Howard government in 2000 (a front page story  in The Australian actually had us winning the bid before cabinet decided against it and approached the ABC to reconsider its decision not to tender for the service), I'd like to buy into this issue.