Program Siphoning Rules for Australian Commercial TV

Written by Terry Flew on February 23, 2010

With the current political furore about whether the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, gave the Australian commercial television networks an unwarranted gift in the form of a $250 million cut in licence fees, it is timely to revisit the history of program siphoning rules for Australian broadcast television.Rhonda Jolly from the Australian Parliamentary Library has prepared an excellent history of Australia’s “anti-siphoning” provisions and the politics between the free-to-air networks and the pay TV providers around the list under both Labor and Coalition governments.