We’ve got a fair range of digital free-to-air TV channels on offer now, but right now those networks don’t have the same requirements for Australian content (or for captioning or for the proportion of children’s programs). Is it time to apply the same rules to them?
The Federal Government is currently conducting a review of what rules should apply to digital networks, and is inviting submissions from the public. You’ve got until the end of December to let them know whether you think, for example, this argument (suggested in the discussion paper on the topic) makes sense as a reason to eliminate minimum standards for Australian content:
The most highly rated drama program in Australian history, Underbelly, was an Australian production and Packed to the Rafters consistently achieves higher rating than its internationally–produced competitors. These successes suggest that commercial broadcasters will continue to provide Australian-produced programs and that Australian audiences continue to want to see Australian stories on television.
Hit the link for full details and to make a submission.