Government won’t act on sixth TV chan­nel

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV -

THE Fed­eral Government has de­cided not to al­low a fourth com­mer­cial free-to-air tele­vi­sion net­work. The de­ci­sion comes as Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Stephen Con­roy un­veils the Government’s ini­tial re­sponse to the Con­ver­gence Re­view, promis­ing more changes to come next year. Se­na­tor Con­roy says no spec­trum or broad­cast li­cences will be made avail­able to en­able a fourth free-to-air tele­vi­sion net­work. In the long-term, how­ever, the Government will con­sider po­ten­tial uses of the ‘‘sixth chan­nel’’ as broad­cast­ing and on­line tech­nolo­gies evolve. The Government will al­low com­mu­nity TV to use the spec­trum in­tended for the sixth chan­nel un­til at least De­cem­ber 31, 2014. The ex­ist­ing net­works will ben­e­fit from an ex­ten­sion of their cur­rent re­bate on broad­cast­ing li­cence fees by a fur­ther 12 months, ahead of mov­ing to re­duce the fees per­ma­nently by 50 per cent, to a max­i­mum of 4.5 per cent of rev­enue. The Government will also seek Par­lia­ment’s ap­proval to re­move the re­stric­tion on a per­son con­trol­ling a net­work of com­mer­cial tele­vi­sion sta­tions that has an au­di­ence reach of greater than 75 per cent of the Aus­tralian pop­u­la­tion. He said the re­moval of the so­called 75 per cent rule would be sub­ject to writ­ten un­der­tak­ings about lo­cal con­tent obli­ga­tions in re­gional ar­eas. Changes will also be made to in­crease Aus­tralian con­tent. Com­mer­cial TV multi-chan­nel broad­cast­ers will be re­quired to show 730 hours of lo­cal con­tent in 2013, in­creas­ing to 1095 hours in 2014 and to 1460 hours in 2015.

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