Broadcast spectrum buyback threatens popular TV channels

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Age – Page: Online : 17-May-21

The federal government announced a policy in November that would see spectrum licence fees removed in exchange for the radiofrequency spectrum of television broadcasters being reduced by compressing it. The spectrum made available as a result of this compression would be sold at a higher price to companies such as telcos. Broadcasters are worried that the technology that the government plans to use to compress the spectrum will soon be outdated, and that it will reduce the quality of broadcasting and lead to fewer multi-channels.

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Abbott treads softly over media reform

Original article by Dominic White
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 14-Aug-15

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is seeking consensus in the industry before moving forward on media reform. Acknowledging technology is running ahead of regulation, he says it is too early to move on the audience reach rule as well as the two-out-of-three rule that restricts ownership of TV, radio and print. Without consensus, the government would simply be taking sides in a commercial dispute.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, PRIME MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX PRT, WIN CORPORATION PTY LTD, SOUTHERN CROSS MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX SXL

Abbott treads softly over media reform

Original article by Dominic White
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 14-Aug-15

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is seeking consensus in the industry before moving forward on media reform. Acknowledging technology is running ahead of regulation, he says it is too early to move on the audience reach rule as well as the two-out-of-three rule that restricts ownership of TV, radio and print. Without consensus, the government would simply be taking sides in a commercial dispute.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, PRIME MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX PRT, WIN CORPORATION PTY LTD, SOUTHERN CROSS MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX SXL

Sky set to replace Australia Network

Original article by Sharri Markson
The Australian – Page: 20 : 8-Sep-14

The Australian Government in its May 2014 Budget abolished the Australia Network overseas service operated by public broadcaster ABC. It had won the contract from the previous federal government, over the privately-owned Sky News. The latter is now set to launch its new Australia Channel, which will have similar content but be subscription-based and online. Viewers in 180 countries, including via internet-enabled TV sets, are the target according to Sky News CEO Angelos Frangopoulos. There will be no public funding, in contrast with the $A223m over a decade for the ABC

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