28 June 2017
Interim relief on TV licence fees a welcome step
Free TV Australia welcomes today’s announcement from the Government for interim relief from the broadcast licence fees for 2016/2017.
The regulation announced by the Government today sees the abolition of the licence fee for 2016/2017.
"This provides welcome relief for our industry, which is challenged by increased competition from large multinational tech and media companies," Free TV Chairman, Mr Harold Mitchell AC said today.
“In the internet age, it makes no sense to continue to impose the world’s highest licence fees when these foreign media tech companies pay nothing,” Mr Mitchell said.
Abolishing the broadcast licence fees and imposing a new spectrum charge are key components of the media reform package announced by the Government on 6 May 2017.
“Licence fee relief is critical for broadcasters to invest and transform their businesses. It is now up to the Senate to do its part in permanently replacing the licence fee with a spectrum charge.
“It is crucial for Australian jobs and our ability to continue creating great local programming that the Parliament passes the media reform package in August.
“If we are serious about diversity of Australian voices, we have got to get serious about comprehensive media reform. We cannot allow local media companies to continue being strangled by out-dated media ownership laws,” Mr Mitchell said.
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