Burn Notice is an American television series created by Matt Nix which aired on the USA Network for a total of seven seasons from June 28, 2007, to September 12, 2013. The show stars Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless, beginning in season four, Coby Bell; the title of the series refers to the burn notices issued by intelligence agencies to discredit or announce the dismissal of agents or sources who are considered to have become unreliable. When spies are burned, their connection to an espionage organization is terminated, leaving them without access to cash or influence. According to the narration during the opening credits, the burned spy has no prior work history, no money, no support network – in essence, no identity; the television series uses second-person narrative and frequent voice-overs providing exposition from the viewpoint of covert operations agent Michael Westen, played by Donovan. The voice-over commentary is in the form of tips for fledgling agents as if for a training or orientation film.
After being "burned" in the middle of an operation in Southern Nigeria and subsequently beaten and kidnapped, Westen finds himself in his hometown of Miami, Florida. He is tended to by his ex-girlfriend, Fiona Glenanne, but he has been abandoned by all his normal intelligence contacts and is under continuous surveillance with his personal assets frozen. Extraordinary efforts to reach his U. S. government handler yield only a grudging admission that someone powerful wants him "on ice" in Miami. If he leaves there, he will be taken into custody. If he stays, he can remain free. Consumed by the desire to find out who burned him and why, Westen is reluctantly drawn into working as an unlicensed private investigator and problem solver for ordinary citizens to fund his personal investigation into his situation as a blacklisted agent. Westen invites his old friend Sam Axe to assist him. With the occasional assistance and sometimes hindrance of his mother, Westen battles an array of criminals such as mobsters, gang members, con artists, rapists, foreign wet-work operatives, drug traffickers, sex traffickers, arms traffickers, war criminals.
At the same time, Michael must follow the trail that leads him to the people responsible for his being burned, finding out why. The series juggles these two narratives: the overall series dealing with why Michael was burned, individual episodes focusing on the cases he works for clients. Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen: A former U. S. Army Ranger and a current CIA contractor, he has been burned and now finds himself in his hometown of Miami, unable to leave. With his assets frozen, he is forced to live off his wits and any small investigative jobs he can find while he searches for answers about who has burned him and why. Skilled and clever, he can think on his feet improvising electronic devices and using ordinary items ranging from duct tape to cake frosting in unorthodox ways to complete a job, he has two black belts, or as he puts it in one episode, "30 years of karate" and is "rated with anything that fires a bullet or holds an edge". He has an uncanny ability to assume cover identities, working in numerous regional dialects and international accents.
He believes that his unhappy childhood at the hands of an abusive father, has helped to make him into a natural covert operative while making close relationships difficult for him. He has a younger brother, who appeared in several episodes before being killed by a sniper in season six. Michael presents himself as a cynic hardened by experience, but reveals a soft, sometimes vulnerable, side, his favorite food is yogurt, featured or eaten by at least one of the characters in each episode. He has a romantic relationship with Fiona. In the series finale, Fiona and he are living in Ireland raising Charlie as their own child. Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona Glenanne: A former IRA operative, she is Westen's ex-girlfriend. Fiona re-enters Michael's life when he is dumped in Miami, she decides to stay making herself valuable to him. Aside from serving as his firearms and explosives expert, she provides support to him on his investigations, at times, assists him in missions to find out who burned him. In the pilot episode, she speaks with an Irish accent.
In the second episode, she changes to an American accent, along with a change in her style of dress, in an effort to distance herself from her past and blend in, showing her own ability to adapt. She is both his match in many ways, both intellectually and tactically. Series creator Matt Nix has said about Michael and Fiona's relationship:Where Michael is concerned, Fiona is not willing to let go of their past relationship, which continues to simmer. In the latter half of season three, the two of them are shown to be close to reigniting their relationship; as season five starts, the two move in together, but tension in their romantic relationship remains. However, she is accused of the British Consulate bombings as the antagonist Anson Fullerton tricks her into confessing to a crime she did not commit. Anson forces him to do work for himself. To remove this leverage, Fiona surrenders and is arrested by the FBI as Michael watches in vain. Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe: An aging, semiretired covert operative and former Navy SEAL with a low amount of cash-on-hand to his name, Sam spends most of his time sleeping with rich, older Miami women in exchange for food and shelt
NRN is a television station originating in Coffs Harbour, Australia owned by WIN Corporation as part of the WIN Television network, affiliated to Network Ten. The station was formally a partnership between NRN-11 Coffs RTN-8 Lismore. NRN11 Coffs Harbour had merged with ECN8 Taree to form Northern Rivers Television, but demerged in 1969. Around 1971, RTN8 Lismore and NRN11 merged forming Northern Rivers Television, but was known on-air as 11-8 Television; the merged stations served the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers areas of Northern New South Wales. During the mid-1970s, the station was concurrently known as Great Eastland Television, when the partnership shared programming and advertising with NEN-9 Tamworth and DDQ-10 Toowoomba/SDQ-4 Warwick, but they soon reverted to the NRTV brand. In 1983, NRTV was relayed into the Gold Coast after a lobbying campaign from residents, although they could watch the commercial television stations from Brisbane. NRTV's Gold Coast studios and offices were constructed in Ashmore on Southport Nerang Road.
The Gold Coast facilities didn't contain a newsroom, although relayed local news from the Coffs Harbour studios. News crews from Lismore travelled to the Gold Coast for stories of importance. NRTV produced a considerable amount of local activity. Local content included local news, three hours of live women's variety "Round About", 5 half-hours of live children's variety "Get Set" and "Razzamataz" weekly, holiday specials "Summerthon", a half-hour daily exercise program "Jazzacize". Live sports specials included the annual Grafton Cup Racing Carnival and the Grafton to Inverell Cycling Classic. Live programs originated from the Coffs Harbour Studios with programs being recorded at both the networks other studios located at Lismore and Gold Coast; some of the memorable names from that era were: Ron Lawrence - Ron died in 2008. He was the driving force behind the network's local production, he began his career as booth announcer at the Lismore Radio and TV Studios of Northern Star Holdings and after graduating from Jim Illife's AIR-TV College in Brisbane.
He moved to Coffs Harbour TV studios in the early 70s after the merge between NRN11 and RTN 8 and became the station announcer–news reader. In his career he became Program Manager later Station Manager and General Manager before retiring in the 90s Wayne Magee a diploma graduate from the Brisbane College AIR-TV started with the network in 1976. During his time with the network he hosted Get Set, network specials and telethons and read local TV news, he moved into management before leaving the network to become a minister. Chris Wordsworth who hailed from Townsville QLD and who had worked in radio. Chris read main bulletin news Monday to Friday, he joined Channel Seven Sydney as late edition news reader – journalist, was a Chief of Staff for a QLD Politician and assumed the role of Director of ABC QLD/NT. Greg Hughes who succeeded Wordsworth as station announcer, he formally had worked for the Mike Walsh owned Penrith radio station. In the early 1990s Greg moved to Canberra to join the 2CC Breakfast Club, a team that moved to sister station Mix 106.3.
Greg presented the weather on Ten Capital in Canberra for several years from the mid-1990s to 2001. He left broadcasting to work for the Army PR Dept. 1990 saw plans for NRTV to be merged with southern Queensland's Vision TV to form a larger regional network to respond to the growing aggregation of television into regional areas of the nation, but they were called off. On 31 December 1991, Northern New South Wales became the third area to be aggregated, NRTV, via links to Network Ten, owned by Westfield Group chairman Frank Lowy), became its affiliate in the region. At one stage, NRTV was the subject of a bid from WIN Television. Nothing came of it, but had WIN gone through with the bid, it would have made NRTV the Nine Network affiliate and would have left NBN as Network Ten's affiliate instead in the area. NRTV was sold to Telecasters Australia, who owned the Queensland affiliate of Network Ten. In 1994, the station was renamed Ten Northern NSW, its station identification was changed to that of Network Ten.
The station stopped producing regional news for Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast. They had produced a licence-wide bulletin, but, axed due to poor ratings. NRN launched One on 2 July 2009. NRN launched Eleven on 11 January 2011. On 1 July 2016, Southern Cross Ten's unique branding began to phase out on NRN in favour of Ten's mainstream branding as Ten; this comes after Southern Cross switched all of its SC10 stations as Southern Cross Nine as part of its new program supply agreement with the Nine Network. Southern Cross announced on 13 September 2016 that Ten HD would be launched on channel 52 on 21 September 2016. In addition, One was reduced to a standard definition broadcast to accommodate Ten HD. In late January 2017, it was announced that Southern Cross had entered into negotiations with WIN Corporation, owners of regional Ten-affiliate WIN Television, over the sale of NRN in exchange for WIN's Wollongong radio station i98FM; this deal would have expanded WIN's television coverage across all regional markets in the eastern states and g
WOW (TV station)
WOW is an Australian television station licensed to WIN Television, serving regional and remote Western Australia. The station commenced transmissions on 26 March 1999 as the second commercial regional broadcaster in Western Australia, alongside former monopoly, Golden West Network. Prior to WIN Television's expansion into Western Australia, the Golden West Network was the sole commercial network operating in regional areas, carried programming from all three owned networks-- Seven and Ten. On 26 March 1999, WIN Western Australia commenced transmissions as a dual affiliate of Nine and Ten; this in turn left GWN to become a sole Seven affiliate. WIN has struggled for ratings success in remote Western Australia, in part due to GWN/GWN7's 30-year run as the sole commercial television outlet in the region. WIN WA has run second to GWN7 in every ratings survey to date; the second ratings survey in 2005 placed WIN WA with only a 38.3% commercial audience share in prime time, compared to GWN7 with 61.7%.
A proposal for a third television station - a joint venture between WIN Corporation and Prime Media Group, owner of GWN7 - was submitted to the Australian Communications and Media Authority in 2006. Similar to Mildura Digital Television, the new channel will operate under a Section 38B license, as a Network Ten affiliate named Ten West; the new decade saw the introduction of digital television, with the Central Wheatbelt, Kalgoorlie and Mingenew digital transmitters launching on 10 June 2010. The broadcasters shared a single digital transmitter for GWN7, WIN WA and the new Ten West in standard definition at each location. Digital transmitter upgrades continued on 28 July 2011, with Bunbury and surrounds being introduced to the full suite of digital channels for the first time, including Go! and Gem. On 30 July 2011, the regional networks began broadcasting on the Viewer Access Satellite Television platform. Analogue transmissions ceased broadcasting statewide on 25 June 2013. On 10 March 2016, 9Life launched on both terrestrial and satellite platforms.
Gold ceased transmission on the same day. On 1 July 2016, WIN Television ceased their program supply agreement with Nine Network, resulting in a Ten Network affiliation. West Digital Television picked up the Nine Network affiliation on 2 July 2016. WIN Western Australia sourced programming from the Nine Network and Network Ten. However, the introduction of Ten West and the increase in digital television penetration in 2012 turned WIN WA into a sole Nine Network affiliate, with identical programming to STW-9 Perth. On 1 July 2016, WIN WA aligned with Network Ten after losing its affiliation with Nine Network to Southern Cross Austereo. WIN Western Australia carries programming from Network Ten, which includes the Ten News First Perth and national bulletins; the station carries the Perth feeds of 10 Boss and 10 Peach. WIN Western Australia was created with no local news service. At the same time, the then-owners of STW-9 Perth, Sunraysia Television, was not prepared to simulcast news programming with WIN.
As a result, WIN formed a deal with Network Ten affiliate NEW-10 to carry a delayed broadcast of Ten News First' main 5pm program each night. WIN began its own regional news service, WIN News Western Australia, on Monday 13 November 2006. Presented from WIN's Wollongong headquarters by Kerryn Johnston, latterly Amy Taylor, studio presentation moved to Perth a year following the sale of STW-9 to WIN Corporation. Presenters of the regional bulletin included Nine News weather presenter Natalia Cooper, former ABC News journalist Deborah Kennedy and latterly Matt Tinney. Reporters and video journalists were based at district newsrooms in Albany, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie and STW-9's Perth studios. In March 2012, WIN announced it would axe its weeknight Western Australia bulletin with regional news coverage incorporated into a localised edition of Nine Afternoon News at 4:30pm, produced and presented from Perth; as a result, news bureaus in Geraldton and Broome were closed down, with only Bunbury and Kalgoorlie retained.
The last edition of WIN News Western Australia aired on Friday 9 March 2012. The localised Nine Afternoon News edition was axed on 1 July 2013, but latterly reintroduced on Monday 7 October 2013. In addition to STW-9's local bulletins, WIN WA has carried Nine News' national bulletins. On 1 July 2016, WIN switched to a Network Ten affiliation, which saw the return of Ten News First live from the NEW-10 Perth studios. WIN Television is available statewide in digital satellite format; the full suite of digital services, including WIN HD, 10 BOLD, 10 Peach, Sky News on WIN and TVSN, are available in all areas with digital transmissions. Below is a table showing the Logical Channel Numbers for the full suite of digital services. Digital terrestrial transmissions are available in all populated cities and major towns of regional Western Australia. Analogue terrestrial services ceased transmission statewide on 25 June 2013. Digital satellite transmissions are available direct-to-home on the Viewer Access Satellite Television platform in areas that are not covered by adequate terrestrial transmissions.
Official Website WIN WA Digital Rollout
An Idiot Abroad
An Idiot Abroad is a British travel documentary/road trip comedy television series broadcast on Sky 1, as well as a series of companion books published by Canongate Books, created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and starring Karl Pilkington. The ongoing theme of both the television series and the books is that Pilkington has no interest in global travel, so Merchant and Gervais make him travel while they stay in the United Kingdom and monitor his progress. Entitled Karl Pilkington's Seven Wonders of the World, An Idiot Abroad documents Karl Pilkington's journeys to foreign countries under the guise of visiting the New Seven Wonders of the World. Though the New Seven Wonders of the World include the Colosseum in Rome, this is not one of Pilkington's destinations. Most of each episode focuses on Pilkington's reactions to cultural differences and idiosyncrasies in the countries he visits. Gervais and Merchant call Pilkington during each trip, to assign him tasks not related to why he believed he was visiting the country.
These include training as a luchador, travelling the desert on a camel, dancing with a samba school in a Carnival parade. It was confirmed by the show's producers that Pilkington has no prior warning about these situations; the camera man coaxes him along. Gervais commented: "This is a documentary than most others you'll see on television. We don't plan it, he doesn't know what's going to happen."A book entitled The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington was published shortly after the series. It was authored by Pilkington and gives a deeper insight into his feelings on what he was experiencing; the second series shows Pilkington performing activities from a general "bucket list". Gervais produced a Christmas special mini-series that aired in the UK in late 2012; the original concept, pitched by Gervais, was to show Pilkington and Warwick Davis travelling around England on a bike together. The final outcome featured the pair travelling to China from Venice via Eastern Europe and India, loosely based on the journey of Marco Polo.
Gervais said, "We started planning the route for An Idiot Abroad 3: this week. It's only a three-part special but we've decided to make it a bit more global as opposed to'around Kent for a few days', Pilkington is starting to regret it already." An Idiot Abroad 3 did not feature Stephen Merchant, busy with other projects. After the conclusion of the show, Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington worked together again in the TV series Derek. There is an official podcast to accompany the programme and book; the programme was broadcast in the United Kingdom on Sky1, has since started airing in other countries. The first episode of An Idiot Abroad aired on 23 September 2010 at 9:30pm on Sky1 and achieved an official audience figure of 1,241,000 viewers based on BARB; these audience figures were Sky1's best viewer numbers for a debuting show since Terry Pratchett's Going Postal four months earlier, making An Idiot Abroad the fourth-most popular non-terrestrial programme that day. The program increased its viewing figures throughout its run, with Episode 3 attracting 1,850,000 viewers and Episode 7 attracting 1,918,000 viewers.
The show returned on 23 September 2011 at 9:00pm on Sky1 with 2,659,000 viewers, making it the most watched Sky1 and non-terrestrial programme since 2005. A three-part Christmas special was shown from 30 November 2012 to 14 December 2012 on Sky1. Pilkington is joined by actor Warwick Davis travelling to various locations along the route taken by Marco Polo to China. On 21 December 2012, a fourth episode entitled "A Commentary" was broadcast. Gervais confirmed. In February 2013, which broadcast all three series in North America, began rebroadcasting episodes of An Idiot Abroad under the title An Idiot Abroad: Lost Luggage, marketed as "Karl Pilkington's greatest journeys... now with never-before-seen footage" and "Same idiot, more scenes." Each Lost Luggage episode is made up of the original episode and two brief, new "Lost Luggage" segments filmed at Gervais's home in England that were not part of the original episode. In each "Lost Luggage" segment and Pilkington hold a short discussion; the first series was released in the UK on 15 November 2010 for Blu-ray.
The second series was released on 21 November 2011, as well as a box set featuring series 1 and 2. The third series was released on DVD in the UK on 24 December 2012, as well as a box set featuring series 1, 2 and 3; the first series was released on Blu-ray in the US on 16 November 2010, a Blu-ray box set of the first and second series on 29 November 2011. The first series was released on DVD on 10 January 2012, series two was released on DVD on 8 January 2013; this is a list of countries and events that Pilkington experiences over all three series of An Idiot Abroad. China and the United States are the only countries that he visits more than once, China is the only country that appears in all three series. Series 1 – The Seven Wonders: China – Great Wall of China India – Taj Mahal Israel – Jerusalem, Dead Sea West Bank – Bethlehem Jordan – Petra Mexico – Chichen Itza Egypt – Great Pyramid of Giza Brazil – Christ the Redeemer Peru – Machu Picchu Series 2 – The Bucket List: New Zealand – Bungee jumping Vanuatu – Visit a desert island Russia – Trans-Siberian Railway Mongolia – Mongolian wrestling China – Kingdom of the Little People
Pitch Black (film)
Pitch Black is a 2000 American science fiction action horror film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The film stars Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Keith David. Dangerous criminal Richard B. Riddick is being transported to prison in a spacecraft; when the spaceship is damaged by comet debris and makes an emergency crash landing on an empty desert planet, Riddick escapes. However, when predatory alien creatures begin attacking the survivors, Riddick joins forces with the surviving crew and other passengers to develop a plan to escape the planet. Pitch Black was the final film credit of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, which merged with Universal Pictures during production, it was shot on a modest budget of US$23 million. Despite mixed reviews from critics, it was a sleeper hit, grossing over $53 million worldwide and developing its own cult following around the antihero Riddick. A sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick, was released in 2004 by Universal, with Diesel back as the title character and Twohy returning as writer and director.
A third film titled Riddick, was released in 2013, with Diesel and Twohy reuniting again. In the distant future, the ship Hunter-Gratzner is transporting passengers in cryostasis. Among those, a Muslim preacher who goes by the title "Imam" accompanied by three young sons traveling to New Mecca, a boy named Jack, a pair of prospectors named Shazza and Zeke, a merchant named Paris, a law enforcement officer, William J. Johns, escorting the notorious criminal Richard B. Riddick. Riddick has illegally surgically modified eyes that allow him to see in the dark but are sensitive to light. Debris from a comet tail ruptures the ship's hull, killing the captain and sending the ship off course; the surviving crew members attempt to land the ship on a nearby planet. As the ship falls apart, docking pilot Carolyn Fry attempts to dump the passenger section to reduce their weight, but co-pilot Owens prevents her. During the crash landing, several passenger compartments are destroyed and Owens sustains fatal injuries.
The group explores their surroundings, noticing that the three suns surrounding the planet keep it in perpetual daylight. They find an abandoned geological research settlement, with a water well and a dropship with drained batteries. Zeke is killed but his body is missing, Riddick is suspected. While searching for Zeke's body, Fry escapes from photosensitive aggressive underground creatures. Johns offers Riddick a deal: if he helps them escape the planet, he'll go free; the group takes a power cell to the dropship. One of the young sons is ambushed and eaten inside one of the buildings, they realize the geologists were all killed by the creatures. An orrery shows. Johns informs the others that Riddick is able to pilot the dropship and Riddick reveals to Fry that Johns is a bounty hunter and a morphine addict, they return to the crash site on a solar-powered sand truck to retrieve more power cells for the dropship, but the eclipse begins just as they get there. Creatures pour out of the rip in half Shazza.
They regroup again. Riddick agrees to lead them in the dark thanks to his special sight the group salvages any light source they can find in an attempt to scare away the creatures and on foot; the trip back to dropship starts with the power of their light sources getting accidentally cut after Paris is killed and has them cross their own tracks. Riddick reveals that Jack is female and the scent of her menstrual blood is attracting the creatures. Johns suggests to Riddick to use Jack as bait to keep the creatures off the rest of the group during the final stretch of their march, but Riddick engages Johns in a hand to hand fight, wounds him and leaves him as a distraction instead; the rest of the survivors push on. After the Imam's last child is killed and rainfall starts putting out their Molotov torches, the group, now down to Riddick, Fry and Imam, finds shelter inside a small cave not far from the settlement. Riddick takes the power cells to the dropship. Inside the cave, they discover bio-luminescent worms, which they stuff in now-empty bottles to use as light.
Fry finds Riddick powering up the ship, ready to leave without them. She pleads with him to help her rescue the others. Riddick has a change of heart, they return for Imam and Jack and take them to the ship, but Riddick is separated from the group and wounded by the creatures. Fry goes back to help Riddick but is speared and carried off by a creature after finding him dying. Riddick makes it to the ship and waits until the last moment before engaging the engines to incinerate as many creatures as possible. While leaving the planet, Jack asks Riddick. Vin Diesel as Richard B. Riddick, a Furyan. Former mercenary and pilot, an infamous criminal and murderer, captured by Johns and placed in suspended animation along with Johns, to bring him to a prison to collect a bounty, he need protection from daylight. Radha Mitchell as Carolyn Fry, a docking pilot for the commercial transport ship Hunter-Gratzner, she has a moment of moral weakness during the emergency landing attempt, intending to sacrifice the ship's passenger section to save herself.
A relationship develops between Fry and Johns, until she finds out who he is. Cole Ha
Ten Network Holdings
Ten Network Holdings Ltd, is one of Australia's major media companies. Headquartered in Sydney, the company's major asset is Network 10, an Australian free-to-air television network. A public company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, since November 2017 it has been owned by CBS Corporation. While focusing on running a television network, Ten has diversified into a range of other media areas over the past decade. Below are some of the businesses it has run, or is involved with: Network 10 ATV Melbourne TEN Sydney TVQ Brisbane ADS Adelaide NEW Perth 10 Peach 10 Bold Spree TV 10 Play 10 Daily Outdoor Plus Pty Limited Media Choice LLC Ultimate Media Group Pty Limited Multi Channel Network Ten Network Holdings was established in 1998, it allowed shareholders to invest in The Ten Group Pty Limited, the owner of the Ten television network. TNH had a 78.29% shareholding in The Ten Group, representing a 39.14% economic interest in the Group. Canadian media company CanWest had a 57.5% economic interest in The Ten Group and was the Group's other major owner.
In June 2007, CanWest decided to convert its stake in The Ten Group into shares in Ten Network Holdings, giving it a 56% shareholding in TNH. This saw TNH take 99% ownership of The Ten Group and become the central company in Ten's corporate structure. In February 2008, the other shareholders in The Ten Group exchanged their shares in that company for shares in TNH, giving TNH 100% ownership of The Ten Group. On 24 September 2009, CanWest announced that it was selling its 50.1% stake in Ten Network Holdings for A$680 million, in order to pay down its significant debt, although it was not enough to save the former parent, which went out of business the next year. During October 2010, James Packer, bought 17.88% of shares in Ten Network Holdings. Half of this was bought from Packer by Lachlan Murdoch. Speculation surrounds the future of the Packer investment as upcoming changes to sport broadcast regulation and Ten's low share price in a resurgent market are seen as possible drivers for the current stake.
On 23 February 2011, the board of Ten Network Holdings terminated the contract of CEO Grant Blackley. Lachlan Murdoch was appointed acting CEO. In February 2012, Murdoch was appointed Chairman by the board, replacing Brian Long who became Deputy Chairman, with James Warburton as the company's CEO. On 26 March 2014 Hamish McLennan was appointed Executive Chairman after becoming Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Company in March 2013 replacing James Warburton. Lachlan Murdoch retired as Chairman and a Director to join News Corp and 21st Century Fox as Non-Executive Co-Chairman. On 27 July 2015, Paul Anderson was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Non-Executive Director David Gordon was appointed Chairman after Hamish McLennan stepped down from both roles. In 2014, News Corp/Telstra-owned Foxtel and U. S. cable company Discovery Communications made a joint-venture to take a bid on Ten. Other U. S.-based companies and investment firms, such as Anchorage Capital Group and Saban Capital Group, were on the bidding list.
However, this was opposed by WIN Corporation owner and Ten shareholder Bruce Gordon stating that Ten would remain in the Australian hands. On 15 June 2015, Foxtel agreed to buyout 15% shares in Ten Network Holdings, pending the approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Prior to the acquisition, Discovery backed out from bidding partnership with Foxtel. There were numerous reports stated that Foxtel will push-through the 15% acquisition of Ten once the Australian government will abolish the restriction on cross-media ownership. Announcing an AU$232 million half year loss in 2017, Ten Network Holdings warned that there was "significant doubt on the group's ability to continue" and their future hinged on an extension or renewal of an AU$200 million debt guarantee by three of its largest shareholders Lachlan Murdoch, Bruce Gordon and James Packer which expires on 23 December 2017. In June 2017, Murdoch and Packer withdrew support for a $250 million guaranteed loan that would remedy the expiring $200 million debt guarantee.
In response, Ten requested its shares on the Australian Securities Exchange be placed in a 48-hour trading halt while it assessed its options concerning receivership. On June 14, Ten went into voluntary administration. Upon the news of receivership, Ten's largest shareholders attempted to merge their assets to save Network 10; the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission stated that they will not oppose the said merger bid, which would saw both shareholders enjoying a 50% stake in the network. However, on 28 August 2017, Ten's administrators announced that US media company CBS Corporation had entered into a binding agreement to purchase the company for $123 million, subject to approval of the Foreign Investment Review Board. CBS refinanced Ten's existing debt including guarantor fees to billionaire shareholders James Packer, Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon, existing loans from the Commonwealth Bank; as a result, once the deal is approved, CBS will take over in full with current shareholders losing their shares and its value.
Gordon and Murdoch, whose joint bid for the company has not been accepted, went to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in an effort to delay CBS's takeover of Ten. This delayed the administrator's meeting with creditors until 12 September. At the meeti
Ice Road Truckers
Ice Road Truckers is an American reality television series that premiered on History Channel, on June 17, 2007. It features the activities of drivers who operate trucks on seasonal routes crossing frozen lakes and rivers, in remote Arctic territories in Canada and Alaska. Seasons 3–6 featured Alaska's improved but still remote Dalton Highway, snow-covered solid ground; the newest seasons are focused on Manitoba's winter roads. The series' eleventh season finished airing on November 9, 2017. In 2000, History aired a 46-minute episode titled "Ice Road Truckers" as part of the Suicide Missions series. Based on Edith Iglauer's book Denison's Ice Road, the episode details the treacherous job of driving trucks over frozen lakes known as ice roads, in Canada's Northwest Territories. After 2000, reruns of the documentary were aired as an episode of the series Modern Marvels instead. Under this banner, the Ice Road Truckers show garnered good ratings. In 2006, The History Channel hired Thom Beers, owner of Original Productions and executive producer of Deadliest Catch, to create a series based on the Ice Road book.
Shot in high definition, the show "charts two months in the lives of six extraordinary men who haul vital supplies to diamond mines and other remote locations over frozen lakes that double as roads". Update: According to news, Polar Industries is being sued for over $1M from vendors, the yard is locked and appears empty as of Oct 3/18. Https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/manitoba-firms-sue-over-ice-road-truckers-491405481.html During the finale of the show's first season of 10 episodes, The History Channel aired a promo for season 2 which began airing on June 8, 2008. Season 1 of Ice Road Truckers was shown on the British national commercial channel Channel Five in February/March 2008. In Australia it aired on Austar and Foxtel in early 2008 and from June 18 it began being shown on Network Ten. In autumn 2008 season one aired on RTL 7 in the Netherlands. In Italy the first season premiered on History Channel on January 7, 2010 as "Gli eroi del ghiaccio"; the second season premiered on June 8, 2008 in the US.
The first season was not aired in Canada until March 2009 on History Television. The third season premiered on May 31, 2009 in the US. Channel Five debuted series 3 on January 5, 2010; the series' premiere was seen by 3.4 million viewers to become the most-watched original telecast in the History Channel's 12-year history at that time. Among critics, Adam Buckman of the New York Post said, "Everything about'Ice Road Truckers' is astonishing". Virginia Heffernan of The New York Times said, "Watching these guys... make their runs, it’s hard not to share in their cold and horrible highway hypnosis, that existential recognition behind the wheel late at night that the pull of sleep and the pull of death are one and the same.... T gets right what Deadliest Catch got right, namely that the leave-nothing-but-your-footprints, green kind of eco-travelers are too mellow and conscientious to be interesting to watch. Instead, the burly, swearing men who blow methyl hydrate into their own transmissions and welcome storms as breaks from boredom... are much better television."
During 2007 the series was shown in the United Kingdom and various countries in Africa. The show opening features a truck falling through the ice. While real accidents with fatal outcomes might be mentioned, the show has never featured them and indeed, the show opening is a miniature model filmed inside a studio. A season 1 rumor that the sequence was staged using a real truck and dynamite caused discontent among the drivers; the mining companies that owned the road where the first season was filmed felt the show portrayed the road in a negative fashion. They believed the show depicted drivers as cowboys making a mad dash for money and taking excessive risks to do so; the companies felt the cameras and filming created distractions for the drivers. As a result, the owners decided not to participate in future seasons of the show, a new rule for the Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Roads was enacted for the 2008 season, prohibiting commercial, video, or rolling film cameras either inside or attached to the outside of vehicles.
In response, the show's producers located an alternate ice road for season 2. There were several differences in style among Seasons 1, 2, 3: A main theme of Season 1 was "the dash for the cash", mentioned in Season 2, but is a main theme in Season 3. In Season 1, companies' insignia on trucks and men's safety helmets were blurred out. In Season 2, they were left visible. At the top of the world, there's an outpost like no other... and a job only a few would dare. The mission: To haul critical supplies across 350 miles of frozen lakes to Canada's remote billion-dollar diamond mines; the challenge: to transport 10,000 loads in 60 days—before the road disappears. The rewards are great; these are the men. The series premiered on June 17, 2007. Six ice road truckers are introduced, are described as men driving eighteen wheelers who haul equipment and supplies from Yellowknife, across a temporary road composed of portages and frozen lakes, to one of three diamond mines northeast of Yellowknife; the final episode in season one premiered on August 19, 2007.
The season has been of the most successful so far, with 10,922 loads totaling 331,000 tonnes deliver