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Sports-loving Australians have had a hard week. Controversially knocked out of the World Cup, they were then subjected to a spluttering anti-antipodean rant by China's soccer commentator, Huang Jianxiang.

Sunday, 2 July, 2006, 12:00am

IT'S UNIVERSAL TIME

It usually pays to forgive a horse one bad run and Universal Star is the suggestion for tonight's featured Lusitano Challenge Cup.

The long-established Cup, one of the oldest on the calendar, has attracted a full field of 14 and looks a competitive affair so a modest wager is suggested on Universal Star.

3 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Universal to pay $70m for stake

Consumer electronic goods maker Universal appliances is to pay its controlling shareholder and chairman Johnson Ko Chun-shun $70.14 million for his 63.2 per cent interest in listed Cybersonic Group.

6 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Couch potatoes score programme

Like TV viewers elsewhere, Asia's TV watchers have shown a tendency to become militant when confronted with the loss of a favourite programme.

30 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

50 jobs lost in merger

At least 50 workers have been laid off by Wallace Harper & Company and Universal Cars after a merger of the two companies.

Wallace Harper & Company confirmed 50 of its 280 staff were asked to go. Universal did not give numbers.

1 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Fung finds inner peace in move to all-natural diet

Reporters attending the breakfast-time NBC Asia press conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel yesterday may have thought they were hearing things.

22 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Painful bill for hospital drama

America's top-rated show may be ER, but the people who currently need emergency-room treatment are the network bosses who broadcast it. In a move stunning for its greed even by Los Angeles standards, the producers of the hit show have told the NBC network they will soon want five times as much cash for the right to carry it.

9 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

TV contract signed

Eastern Television has signed an agreement with NBC Asia to make its affiliate, Eastern Multimedia, the exclusive Taiwan distributor for the CNBC and NBC channels. The deal is effective January 1.

29 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Japan NBC launch

NBC Asia will launch a channel for the Japanese market with DIRECTV Japan towards the end of the year. The channel will be a digital, direct-to-home, pay- TV service.

23 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Plaza deal

Mainland property developer Dong-Jun (Holdings) has agreed to sell 186,217 square feet of Universal Plaza in Guangzhou to an independent third party for $400 million.

Its 60 per cent owned subsidiary Newmay Development, owner of Universal Plaza, will provide $200 million in financing to the buyer and has agreed to lease the space for two years at $32 million a year.

1 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

NBC signs up cable

NBC Asia has signed deals with Sky Cable and Asian Cable Communications (ACCION) of the Philippines to boost the reach of its CNBC and NBC channels to 150,000 subscribers and 20,000 hotel rooms.

Sky is the largest cable operator in the Philippines, while ACCION is a co-operative representing 75 per cent of cable companies nationwide.

2 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

A pioneer for Asia's newest form of media

He came to the territory in 1978 to check up on his little brother. Next thing he knew, he was on a job for Radio and Television Hong Kong reporting on the first disco to open in Beijing.

Eighteen years and many journalistic jobs later, Ian Whiteley finds himself manager of a marriage between Microsoft and NBC - MSNBC.

1 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

NBC in Taiwan

NBC Asia has become the first American national network to launch a country-specific channel for the Asian market with the launch of a separate satellite feed of its NBC entertainment channel for Taiwan. The 24-hour channel will carry 19 hours of Chinese sub-titling daily as part of localisation measures.

18 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Mystery treat provides a little extra for viewers

There is a welcome boost to the ever-burgeoning menu of sports on TV.

16 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Filmate joins up with NBC

Cable distributor Filmate International has been appointed sole distributor for both NBC Asia's channels in the Taiwan market.

To mark the agreement, the broadcaster has extended its Mandarin coverage from eight to 10 hours a day on its CNBC business channel.

NBC Asia also plans to broadcast some programming from the new MSNBC channel next month.

24 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

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