HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
BUSINESS PAPER SYSTEM
NEW BUSINESS PAPER
DATE FOR THE BUSINESS PAPER 95 08 23rd August, 1995-

HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CIVIC CENTRE, MACMAHON STREET, HURSTVILLE.
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5.30 pm Dinner

7.00 pm 1. Apologies

2. Disclosure and nature of interest

HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CIVIC CENTRE, MACMAHON STREET, HURSTVILLE.
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SUMMARY OF ITEMS CONTAINED IN THE
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
TO THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL
TO BE HELD ON 23RD AUGUST, 1995-




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HURSTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
REPORT ITEM NO: .
GENERAL MANAGER'S
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT NO 1 TO COUNCIL MEETING
TO BE HELD ON 23RD AUGUST, 1995


The Mayor & Councillors
Hustville City Council
The Civic Centre
HURSTVILLE

Dear Sir,

Hereunder is my report No.01 to be submitted to the Council Meeting:-


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Yours faithfully,





H E J WALLACE
GENERAL MANAGER


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. APPENDIX "A"



Mark Pettit 1800644 NEWS

News Corp/Delpbi
Pamela Hamilton
21 24625050M
MCI AND NEWS CORP. ANNOUNCE JOINT VENTURE
TO LAUNCH NEW INTERNET BASED ONLINE SERVICES
Kurnit, Disney Named to Top Posts

Washington, DC and New York, NY, August 9, 1995 MCI Communications Corporation and News Corporation today announced a joint venture to launch new, Internet based online services for consumers and businesses. The joint venture will include all of the current online, interactive operations of each of the companies. MCI's Scott Kurnit has been named chief executive officer and president of the joint venture and News Corp.'s Anthea Disney has been named editor in chief of the joint venture.

MCI businesses that will be part of the joint venture include MCI's Information Services/Entertainment Company, FYI Online services MCI's supersite on the Intemet's World Wide Web, and MCI's premier electronic mail service MCI Mail. News Corp. businesses to be contributed include Delphi Internet Services Corp., a leading provider of comprehensive Internet access for consumers since 1992, as we]l as Kesmai Corp., a pioneer in multiplayer, interactive, online games.

Kurnit was previously president of MCI's Information Services/Entertainment Company. Disney was formerly the editorial director of Murdoch magazines and editorinchief of TV Guide the world's largest circulation magazine. Also assisting the joint venture will be Vinton G. Cerf, MC~'s senior vice president of Data Architecture. Dr. Cerf, known as the "Father of the Internet" rejoined MCI last year and has played a significant role in developing and bringing to market MCl's suite of Internetrelated products and services.

"MCI and News Corp. have each been committed to delivering information, entertainment and communications products and services that are integral to the way people live and work. These new online services will add multiple dimensions to how people can interact," said Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairman and chief executive officer. "With its wealth of offerings and its power to enable people to establish personal communication links, this venture will bridge different communities of interest, create opportunities to build and grow relationships and enrich the daily experience of individuals from all walks of life."

"We fully expect that these new online services will significantly advance what people expect from information and entertainment sources, and how they use them," said Bert Roberts, MCI chairman and chief executive officer. "This venture will be a premier provider for meaningful access to the unbounded resources of the Internet while at the same time providing the individual and professional with unique, exciting and valuable programming unavailable anywhere else."

"We are creating the next generation of online Internet services," said Scott Kurnit. "Our online services will deliver a totally different kind of Internet experience full, friendly, and effortless access closely linked with lively and innovative content. Currently, online service providers offer Internet access that is not wellintegrated with all their other online activities, while Internet access providers have few content or service offerings," noted Kurnit.

"We are developing brand new programming for these new online services," said Disney. "It will be as engaging as any magazlne is to read or any TV show is to watch, but our programming will be produced specifically for the online environment. It will be so deeply engaging that people will want to keep coming back again and again."

Murdoch and Roberts also noted the significant contributions made by Dr. Alan E. Baratz, forrner president and chief executive officer of Delphi Internet. Dr. Baratz has been recognized for establishing a strong strategic and technological foundation for the new service. His vision for incorporating Internetbased standards for the platform, as well as his understanding of Webbased publishing will help put this joint venture far ahead of any competitive service. Baratz, who will sit on the board of directors for the joint venture, will become President, News Technology Ventures, with responsibility for pursuing new technologybased media businesses for News Corp.

Internetbased online services, and much more
The new online venture will provide a wide range of interactive products and services, including a comprehensive guide to the Internet, an online news service for consumers and professionals, a wide variety of games, an engaging online space for children, and a host of specialized programming developed jointly with News Corp. companies like TV GUIDE, Fox Broadcasting, Twentieth Century Fox, fX, HarperCollins, and News Corp.'s worldwide news properties as well as a wealth of other nonaffiliated partners.

Underlying all of these unique offerings ur~ll be common capabilities of interactive chatting, electroniG bulletin boards, opinion polling, and the ability to personalize the service for easy and rapid access to topics of individual interest. The online services will incorporate industryleading, easytouse core applications for content browsing, electronic mail, interactive chat, telnet and ftp.

MCI, headquartered in Washington, DC, is one of the world's largest and fastestgrowing diversified communications companies. With annual revenue of more than $13 billion, MCI offers consumers and businesses a broad portfolio of services including long distance, wireless, local access, paging, Internet software and access, information services, business software, and advanced global telecommunications services.

The News Corporation Limited is one of world's largest media companies, with diversified operations including the production and distribution of motion pictures and television programming, television broadcasting and the publication of newspapers, magazines, books and promotional freestanding in~erlc

*Delphi Intemet Services Corp. is a leading provider of comprehensive Internet access for consumers. It has a newly operational 40,000 sq. ft. online Web publishing studio in lower Manhattan and a l 00,000 sq. ft. stateoftheart Internet Web hosting environment and customer support center in Lowell, MA


MCI and News Corp. Launch New InternetBased Online Services
A letter from Scott Kurnit
Thanks for stopping by. Today we announced that MCI and News Corporation will launch new, Internetbased online services for consumers and businesses. The joint venture will include all of the current online, interactive operations of each of the companies. As CEO, I look forward to combining the gJreat teams at MCI and News Corp. into a unified force.

This is a big day for the Internet. We are embarking on what I believe is the biggest commitment to the Net by any major companies and will be using the incredible Internet platform to deliver a wide variety of compelling services. Unlike other online providers, we are committed to an open environment and are excited about helping the Internet grow into the next ~reat medium.

MCI businesses that will be part of the joint venture include MCI's Inforrnation Services/Entertainment Company, FYI Online, MCI's supersite on the Internet's World Wide Web, and MCI's premier electronic mail service MCI Mail. News Corp. businesses to be contributed include Delphi Internet as well as Kesmai Corp., a pioneer in multiplayer~ interactive, online games.

I am very pleased that Anthea Disney will be joining the venture as editorinchief. She was most recently editorinchief of TV Guide. While continuing with MCI, Vint Cerf will also offer a big helping hand. Most of you know Vint as the "Father of the Internet" He rejoined MCI last year and has played a significant role in developing and bringing to market MCI's suite of Internetrelated products and services.

A few comments from the Chairmen of our parents:
"MCI and News Corp. have each been committed to delivering information, entertainment and communications products and services that are integral to the way people live and work. These new online services will add multiple dimensions to how people can interact," said Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairrnan and chief executive officer. "With its wealth of offerings and its power to enable peop]e to establish personal communication links, this venture will bridge different communities of interest, create opportunities to build and grow relationships and enrich the daily experience of individuals from all walks of life."

"We fully expect that these new online services will significantly advance what people expect from information and entertainment sources, and how they use them, " said Bert Roberts, MCI chairman and chief executive of ficer. "This venture will be a premier provider for meaningful access to the unbounded resources of the Internet while at the same time providing the individual and professional with unique, exciting and valuable programming unavailable anywhere else."

What you can expect from us
We will provide a wide range of products and services, including a comprehensive guide to the Internet, an online news service for consumers and professionals, a wide variety of games, an engaging online space for children, and a host of specialized programming developed jointly with News Corp.companies like TV Guide, Fox Broadcasting, Twentieth Century Fox, fX, HarperCollins, and News Corp.'s worldwide news properties as well as a wealth of other nonaffiliated partners.
Underlying all of these unique offerings will be powerful capabilities like chat, discussion groups, polling, and the ability to personalize the service.