Foxtel and Universal Music Australia settle dispute

Universal Music and Foxtel settle dispute as Bieber and others return to Channel [V]

Foxtel and Universal Music Australia have announced a new partnership that will see Universal Music Group artists return to Foxtel’s music channels from August 1, 2016 after the settlement of a dispute.

Universal Music Group artists will be showcased on all four of Foxtel’s contemporary music channels – [V] Hits, MAX, Foxtel Smooth and CMC – featuring both video clips and additional content.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel executive director of television, said: “We are very pleased to achieve this landmark deal with Universal Music and my thanks to George Ash and his team for working to a satisfactory resolution. The finalisation of this deal sets us up to revitalise our full suite of music channels moving forward.

“The recent re-fresh of [V] Hits is delivering very strong ratings and customer engagement with the younger demographic, who love the nonstop music format. MAX, Foxtel Smooth and CMC will continue to broadcast the best choice of contemporary, classic and country music for lovers of the genre.”

George Ash

George Ash

George Ash, president of Universal Music Asia Pacific, said: “We are thrilled to continue our great partnership with Foxtel, and we’re looking forward to working with Brian Walsh and his fantastic team to bring exceptional new music to all Foxtel subscribers.”

Photo: Universal Music Australia artist Five Seconds of Summer

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