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Major Chinese Media Group in Melbourne to Be Liquidatedon July 21, 2021 at 2:11 am

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One of Australia’s largest Chinese-language media groups—which has links to Beijing—has been seized by liquidators. Ostar International Media Group, which is based in Melbourne, runs eight Chinese and English-language radio stations, 11 Chinese newspapers, and an online television program. Its most prominent program is the 3CW radio station in Melbourne. The group’s owner, millionaire Jiang Zhaoqing—or Tommy Jiang—was revealed to have links to the Chinese Communist Party and was invited as a special guest in 2011 to visit Beijing and attend the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Ostar owed $5.6 million, including $550,000, to the Australian Taxation Office, according to the liquidation report. The group also owed funds to media licensing businesses JLS Media ($287,000) and Geelong Broadcasters ($64,000). In addition, the Northeast Chinese Chamber of Commerce was owed $100,000. Ostar’s media outlets are known for towing a fairly pro-Beijing line. In March 2020, one online news site owned by …

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