Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

The 2012 Australian Open hit our television screens today across the Seven Network (Free-to-Air and Host Broadcaster) and FOX SPORTS 2HD (Subscription Broadcaster). In the lead up to the Australian Open, Seven broadcast the Brisbane International, APIA International and AAMI Classic exclusively on its digital station, 7TWO (these events are not Anti-siphoned listed events). The […]

This week the Gillard Government announced that the Department of Foreign Affairs’ international television network, the Australia Network will now become a permanent feature of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s duties as the national broadcaster, rather than have the network put out to commercial tender. This announcement comes after the Government scrapped that tender process to run […]

  Reports in the Australian and the Australian Financial Review last week confirmed the government is failing to act on important regulatory issues affecting Australian television broadcasters. The first is the delay to pass the Anti-siphoning reforms that were first announced in December last year and second the delay to award the new Australia Network contract. Since this […]

On the eve of the AFL and NRL Grand Finals more news is trickling out about the possible reforms to the Anti-siphnoning regime before the expiry of the current Anti-siphoning list at the end of this year. Both the Australian newspaper and the SMH this week have reported that new Anti-siphoning rules are on the […]

The Australian Government in 2009 requested submissions for the review of the Anti-Siphoning legislation. However, there is still no response from Minister for Communications Senator Stephen Conroy on the outcome of the review. It seems a response from the government is now unlikely until after any election. This delay is dangerous and could have a […]

Saturday night’s French Open Women’s Final featuring Australia’s Samantha Stosur was a late addition to Nine’s schedule but a bit of programming genius. The broadcast averaged 1.1 million viewers nationally (not bad for a 10:45pm start time and around 1am finish) for the network. Comparatively over at Fox Sports, their coverage of the final (Nine […]