Anti-siphoning changes announced!

After months of waiting, months of speculation from all corners of the media, Senator Stephen Conroy today finally announced the changes to the all important anti-siphoning regime ahead of the expiry of the list at the end of this year. In announcing the changes Senator Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy said… Continue reading Anti-siphoning changes announced!

Seven and Fox Sports play doubles!

This year the Seven Network and Premier Media Group’s Fox Sports could not reach an agreement to share the broadcast rights for the Australian Open tennis. However in good news for tennis fans, Seven today announced that it has signed a deal which will see Seven and Fox Sports share coverage of the Australian Open… Continue reading Seven and Fox Sports play doubles!

Conroy’s Anti-siphoning game plan becomes clearer

In what could be sneak peak of  upcoming changes to the Anti-siphoning laws, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy has announced that during the Commonwealth Games, the anti-siphoning list will be relaxed. The rule change will allow Network Ten to have continuous, live free-to-air coverage of the 2010 Commonwealth Games from… Continue reading Conroy’s Anti-siphoning game plan becomes clearer

Sports broadcasting in Australia is set to change

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… Continue reading Sports broadcasting in Australia is set to change

Ten + One = Eleven

The multichannel picture is nearly complete with the Ten Network joining the ABC and Seven Network in announcing and beginning to implement their digital strategy ahead of the analogue switch-off in 2013. Ten’s plan is Eleven a new digital-only SD channel to complement Ten’s primary channel and their soon-to-be HD only channel, One HD. Ten… Continue reading Ten + One = Eleven

Still waiting for Anti-siphoning announcement…

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… Continue reading Still waiting for Anti-siphoning announcement…

Writing on the wall for Senator Conroy over anti-siphoning

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… Continue reading Writing on the wall for Senator Conroy over anti-siphoning

What are the anti-siphoning laws?

Extract from a research paper  by the author of this website titled: ‘The effectiveness and relevance of Australia’s Anti-Siphoning laws in today’s television environment.’ The Anti-siphoning laws reside at s115 of the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA).[1] This section empowers the Minister (currently the for Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) to publish… Continue reading What are the anti-siphoning laws?