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ABC and SBS Lock Out Pay TV, says industry.

One of the arguments one hears from within the ABC against the outsourcing of production is that it leads to Auntie spending its dollars on programs which, after a few months, end up on pay television.

A different view emerges from a submissions from the pay television sector to the Government review of public broadcasting. They complain that the ABC and SBS are being too aggressive in buying up rights to keep the shows away from Pay TV.

Mumbrella has the wrap-up. He got to read the submissions before me, and I thank him for the tip.

Once again we see that the battle of the small screen is now about pay TV versus free to air, and when it comes to free to air multi-channels, the ABC is in the front line, ahead of the commercials, who have no good reason to embrace audience fragmentation.

The pay-TV folks also reckon that the ABC shouldn’t get a public affairs channel or a children’s channel, since both are already available on pay.

This is the same battleground as the A-pac spectrum stoush I reported on in Crikey earlier this week.

The pay tv sector is challenging the ABC to justify its claim on the taxpayer purse. Meanwhile the federal government seems to be playing Foxtel and the ABC off against each other.

This will be a fundamental and long lasting battle.


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  • 1
    Posted January 23, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Always a pleasure, never a chore..

  • 2
    Chris Gulland
    Posted January 23, 2009 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Whilst I am frustrated to the max with the amount of commercials and promotions on free to air TV. There must be a better model were viewers get less commercials, advertisers get improved exposure (do we really need to same six commercial 11 times in one programme?) or pay less per month than the extortion the Pay TV operator insist we pay. Thank god for ABC and SBS

  • 3
    Another Peter
    Posted January 24, 2009 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    As I understand it, Pay TV still has commercials. So what is the point of paying?

  • 4
    roger w. brown
    Posted January 25, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Pay tv sucks, 7,9 and ten are just ads with imported(us) crap, and yes thank god for SBS and ABC 1 and 2, thats all i watch. Would not have Fox even if rupert gave it away, just abit one eyed for me.

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