The federal government is extending its commercial license rebate for Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment and the TEN Network.
The Australian reports Communications Minister Stephen Conroy rushed the rebate through parliament late yesterday following some $275 million in aid over the past two years.
The new regulation ensures the free-to-air industry will receive financial savings over three years.
The one-page Television Licence Fees Amendment Regulation 2012 increases the rebate due this year from 25 per cent to 50 per cent, in effect continuing a financial benefit in place since 2010.
But the rebates have been widely criticised for never coming with any local content rules attached.