Bringing an end to a Foxtel-Austar drama

The protracted ACCC approval of Foxtel and Austar's merger is almost here, and given the competitive environment and undertakings proffered by the pay TV groups it is bizarre it has taken so long.

Finally, after nearly 10 months of negotiations, it appears the $2 billion merger of pay television services Foxtel and Austar appears likely to get through the extraordinarily protracted Australian Competition and Consumer Commission approval process. Given the nature of the concessions the pay TV groups have offered, the time the process has taken is even more remarkable.

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