Free TV Australia, the industry body which represents Seven, Nine and TEN wants the government to consider further deregulation as part of an upcoming review.
On Friday Senator Conroy’s Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy had received 21 submissions from industry players for its upcoming convergence review.
The review will look at all content delivery platforms including broadcast, mobile and fixed telecommunications and the internet and examine what old regulations need updating to keep up with technological chance.
A committee of independent experts will finalise the terms of reference by the end of March.
Free TV Australia is already raising issues over limits on minutes of advertising during a program and daily quotas of Australian programs. It is also flagging a cut to licence fees paid, hot on the heels on the government’s previous $250m rebate to commercial broadcasters (that was the one designed to maintain local content without actually requiring them to).
It also questions “the appropriate level of oversight and intervention by the media regulator (ACMA) across all media platforms”.
But the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance says we are overrun with foreign content, and wants the Australian government to ensure enhanced levels of Australian content to combat the deluge.
It is also pushing for support structures for the production and delivery of Australian content and urging that significant content remains freely available and accessible through public broadcasters.
Meanwhile one of Foxtel’s concerns is for copyright laws to be included in the review amid fears of growing online piracy.