Music videos from Universal Music Australia’s stable of artists will return to Foxtel’s music channels from next month after both parties struck a new content partnership.
UMA and Foxtel reached an impasse last November, reportedly in a dispute around artist royalty payments. Though neither side publicly discussed the matter, videos from UMA-affiliated artists such as Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Drake and 5 Seconds of Summer have been conspicuously absent from the Australian pay-TV operator's four contemporary music channels: [V] HITS, MAX, Foxtel Smooth and CMC. That will all change from Aug. 1, when the new arrangement becomes active.
“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,” Brian Walsh, Foxtel executive director of Television, said in a statement. “The finalization of this deal sets us up to revitalize our full suite of music channels moving forward.”
George Ash, president of Universal Music Asia Pacific, added: “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.”