The battle over who gets digital television spectrum for how long at what price continues to rage in Australia. Lachlan Murdoch, son of media baron Rupert Murdoch and News Ltd’s executive chairman, met with Prime Minister John Howard over the weekend to discuss the issue. Murdoch’s preferred position is that the government auction any spectrum left over after free-to-air networks take enough to simulcast their analog channels. The networks are lobbying for total, free-of-charge control of the digital television spectrum for up to 15 years. The government is not expected to make a formal decision on the matter for some weeks.
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