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Network Ten Has Lost The Rights To "The Simpsons" And This Both Sucks And Blows

I didn’t think it was physically possible.

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Network Ten, the free-to-air TV station responsible for the glorious 6pm Simpsons timeslot many Australians see as a key component in their upbringing, has lost the rights to the show.

Channel Ten just lost the rights to The Simpsons.

Reports from The Daily Telegraph say the program was immediately pulled from Network Ten's programming after the network failed to reach an agreement with the show's owner 21st Century Fox. It will be the first time in 25 years The Simpsons has not been on free-to-air Australian television.

It's not the only Fox-based program set to leave the network, with Network Ten reportedly failing to reach a deal on other favourites including Malcolm in the Middle and Modern Family.

Network Ten was put into receivership earlier this year and creditors accepted a bid from the US media juggernaut CBS in September. Fox is owed millions from Ten, and is reportedly unhappy with the money CBS is prepared to offer.

Lachlan Murdoch, son of Fox owner Rupert Murdoch, attempted to take control of Network Ten in a joint bid with fellow millionaire Bruce Gordon, but was pipped at the post by CBS.

It's a sad day in Australian history and people are full of sorrow, anger, and remorse.

Good morning. Rupert Murdoch has had a giant tanty and pulled The Simpsons and other shows from free-to-air TV in Australia. What a cock.

Where were you when you first heard Ten had lost the Simpsons? https://t.co/h8T4cgXG81

No @TheSimpsons on Channel Ten. I guess all it's good for now is The #BoldandBeautiful. https://t.co/NrnW3TkQrJ

CHANNEL TEN LOST RIGHTS TO THE SIMPSONS AND MODERN FAMILY! The Simpsons have been on ch10 since day 1 Probz bc CBS bought them

BuzzFeed News has contacted Network Ten for comment.



Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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