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2009

2009 YEAR IN REVIEW
Free TV continues to deliver massive audiences in 2009.
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FREE TV BROADCASTERS LEAD THE WAY ON AUSTRALIAN CONTENT
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Figures released today by Screen Australia confirm that Australia’s commercial free-to-air broadcasters continue to be the major underwriters of Australian content.

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AUSTRALIANS LOVE SPORT ON FREE TV
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
The Australian public has demonstrated the high value they place on free coverage of major sporting events through an overwhelming response to Free TV Australia’s Keep Sport Free campaign. During the four week campaign 60,267 people signed the online petition to keep sport on Free TV.
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FREE TV CALLS FOR LISTED SPORTS TO BE SHOWN ON FREE-TO-AIR DIGITAL MULTI-CHANNELS
Friday, 16 October 2009
Free TV Australia has today called for an end to the ban on listed sports on free-to-air digital multi-channels. Wayne Goss, Chairman of Free TV said, "The public policy principle underlying the antisiphoning rules remains sound; that all Australians are able to watch major sporting events on TV for free". Mr Goss added, "The current review is a great opportunity to allow more sport on television".
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KEEP SPORT FREE
Friday, 18 September 2009
Australian television viewers are being urged to help Keep Sport Free on TV in a new campaign from Free TV Australia.

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RESPONSE TO PREVENTATIVE HEALTH TASKFORCE REPORT
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
The latest report from the Preventative Health Taskforce was as expected, Free TV Australia said today.

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CHILDREN'S TELEVISION STANDARDS: A MISSED OPPORTUNITY
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
The release of the revised Children’s Television Standards (CTS) by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) represents a missed opportunity, Free TV Australia said today.

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FREE TV CALLS FOR MORE SPORT ON FREE-TO-VIEW DIGITAL CHANNELS
Friday, 21 August 2009
Free TV Australia today called for an end to the ban on listed sports being shown on digital multichannels.
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REVIEW OF COMMERCIAL TELEVISION INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE - INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
Friday, 14 August 2009
Free TV Australia is conducting a tri-annual review of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice (the Code) and is seeking public comment.
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FREE TV ANNOUNCES JANUARY TO JUNE 2009 AD REVENUE FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION NETWORKS
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Advertising revenue for free-to-air commercial television networks for the period 1 January - 30 June 2009.

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MORE AUSTRALIANS TUNING IN TO FREE TV
Monday, 22 June 2009
The last month has seen a huge boost to Free TV viewer numbers with average audience increases recorded across all major demographics.
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FREE TV WELCOMES ACMA'S NEW GUIDELINES FOR ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDES
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Free TV Australia welcomes the Australian Communications and Media Authority's (ACMA's) publication of principles relating to Electronic Program Guides (EPG) for digital free-to-air television.
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FREE TV CHAIR SPEAKS AT GET READY FOR DIGITAL TV CONFERENCE:
AUSTRALIANS LOVE THEIR FREE-TO-AIR TV
Monday, 30 March 2009
Free TV Australia Chairman, Wayne Goss, addressed the industry today at the Get Ready for Digital TV conference.
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TV TOPS MEDIA CONSUMPTION
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Figures released by Roy Morgan Research confirm that Australians spend more time with television than any other media. People spend 43 per cent of their media time with television, watching on average 21.5 hours of television a week.
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FREE TV ANNOUNCES JULY TO DECEMBER 2008 AD REVENUE FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION NETWORKS
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Advertising revenue for free-to-air commercial television networks for the period 1 July - 31 December 2008.

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2008 | Top of page

COMMERCIAL TELEVISION INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE AMENDMENT INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
Friday, 24 October 2008
Free TV Australia invites public comment on a proposed change to the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice.
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DIGITAL SWITCHOVER TIMETABLE MUST NOT LEAVE VIEWERS BEHIND
Monday, 20 October 2008
The commercial television industry today welcomed the federal government’s announcement of a Digital TV switchover timetable for Australia. “The timetable provides greater certainty for the industry and Australian viewers,” Free TV Australia chief executive, Julie Flynn said today.
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AD BANS ON TELEVISION ARE NOT A SOLUTION TO BINGE DRINKING
Monday, 29 September 2008
Calls for more alcohol ad bans on commercial free-to-air television by the New South Wales health Minister, John Della Bosca, are misguided and misleading the CEO of Free TV Australia, Julie Flynn said today.
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FOOTY FINALS AND ELITE NETBALL STILL FREE TO MILLIONS OF HOMES
Friday, 19 September 2008
The pay TV lobby's latest, predictable attack on the anti-siphoning list proves once again it will go to any lengths to force Australian viewers to pay for sport.
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OLYMPIC GAMES COVERAGE PROVES A WINNER WITH AUSTRALIAN TV AUDIENCES
Friday, 29 August 2008
Peak industry body Free TV Australia said today that official ratings data for the Olympic Games reaffirms the popularity of sport on free-to-air television with Australian viewers.
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ACMA REVIEW OF THE CHILDREN'S TELEVISION STANDARDS
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Free TV Australia notes the release of the Australian Communications & Media Authority’s (ACMA) Review of the Children’s Television Standards (CTS).
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FREE TV ANNOUNCES JANUARY TO JUNE 2008 AD REVENUE FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION NETWORKS
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
Advertising revenue for free-to-air commercial television networks for the period 1 January - 30 June 2008.
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NETWORKS UNITE TO LAUNCH HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CAMPAIGN
Friday, 11 July 2008
In a campaign worth several million dollars, Free TV broadcasters have joined with prominent Australian sports stars to urge young Australians to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
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SENATE INQUIRY INTO SEXUALISATION OF CHILDREN
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Free TV Australia will carefully study the Senate report on sexualisation of children. This is a matter which all broadcasters take very seriously.
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FREE TV HOME OF AUSTRALIAN CONTENT
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Free TV Australia welcomed the figures released yesterday by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) confirming the metropolitan commercial television licensees exceeded their Australian content quota in 2007.
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FREE TV APPOINTS INDEPENDENT CHAIR
Thursday, 1 May 2008
Peak industry group, Free TV Australia, today announced the appointment of Mr Wayne Goss to the newly created role of Independent Chair. The role has been created to provide a focused and united voice for the industry as it faces a number of important challenges in the lead up to digital switchover.

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2008 RATINGS REVIEW
Monday, 11 February 2008
As the new ratings year begins, a review of the first six weeks of the year reveals Free TV has continued to aggregate mass audiences with increases seen in several key demographics.

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HD IS ALREADY HERE AND IT'S FREE!
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
“You don’t need to pay a ‘premium’ to get high definition (HD) television”, the CEO of Free TV Australia, Julie Flynn, said today. “In fact you don’t have to pay anything at all because the best HD television content is already available in Australia - and it’s free!”

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FREE TV ANNOUNCES JULY TO DECEMBER 2007 AD REVENUE FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION NETWORKS
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Advertising revenue for free-to-air commercial television networks for the period 1 July - 31 December 2007.

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2007 | Top of page

FREE TV AUSTRALIA WELCOMES THE APPOINTMENT OF SENATOR STEPHEN CONROY AS MINISTER FOR BROADBAND, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
Thursday, 29 November 2007
Free TV Australia today welcomed the announcement from Prime Minister-elect, Kevin Rudd that Senator Stephen Conroy will be appointed as the Government’s new Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
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17% DROP IN COMPLAINTS ABOUT TELEVISION
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
The commercial television industry’s Annual Code Complaints Report released today shows that Free TV broadcasters received only 914 code complaints in the period from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007. This is 17 per cent less than the previous reporting period. To view the report please click here.
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PAY TV FAILS TO DELIVER
Monday, 19 November 2007
"Australians have once again confirmed that when they watch television they watch free-to-air television," Free TV Australia chairman, David Leckie said today.
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FREE TV NETWORKS TO BROADCAST INDUSTRY ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Commercial Free TV broadcasters announced today that they will all be openly broadcasting program listing information by 1 January 2008, creating Australia's first free electronic program guide (EPG).
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JULIE FLYNN WELCOMES "THE MOSS REPORT"
Monday, 5 November 2007
The CEO of Free TV, Julie Flynn, has welcomed the Independent Audit of Free Speech "The Moss Report" by Irene Moss AO. "Irene and her team have for the first time provided a clear picture of the state of free speech and Australian’s right to know" Ms Flynn said.
Click here for Media statement
Click here for Joint statement
Click here for Examples
Click here for Free Speech Coalition Members Summary
Click here for Audit Report Letter
Click here for Audit Report
Click here for Executive Summary
Click here for Audit Launch Press Release

TELEVISION INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE AMENDMENT APPROVED
Thursday, 6 September 2007
Free TV welcomes the decision by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to approve an amendment to the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice.
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FREE TV RESPONSE TO ACMA REALITY TV REPORT
Friday, 24 August 2007
Free TV is pleased that ACMA has recognised that the current regulatory framework generally provides appropriate community safeguards and that the Code reflects community standards.
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FREE TV RESPONSE TO MINISTER’S STATEMENT ON SEXUALISATION OF CHILDREN
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
The commercial free to air television industry does not support the sexualisation of children.
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AWARDS PROVE TV'S EFFECTIVENESS
Monday, 13 August 2007
Television is once again at the heart of the country’s most effective advertising campaigns as evidenced by the winners in this year’s prestigious Advertising Federation of Australia 9th Advertising Effectiveness Awards. Of the 29 winners, the vast majority featured television as the cornerstone of their campaigns.
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TELEVISION INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE AMENDMENT - INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
Friday, 10 August 2007
Free TV Australia invites members of the public to comment on a proposed change to the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice.
The proposed amendment is to clarify the operation of an existing Code provision permitting additional time for the broadcast of political advertising during election periods.
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Explanatory Note and Proposed Amendment
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FREE TV AUSTRALIA WARNS AGAINST KNEE JERK RESPONSE TO THE CHILDHOOD OBESITY PROBLEM
Wednesday, 1 August 2007
Free TV Australia is opposed to renewed calls for ad bans as a way of addressing concerns about childhood obesity. Free TV Chief Executive, Julie Flynn warned against a "knee jerk quick fix" response to the childhood obesity problem.
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FREE TV ANNOUNCES JANUARY TO JUNE 2007 AD REVENUE FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION NETWORKS
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Advertising revenue for free-to-air commercial television networks for the period 1 January - 30 June 2007.
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FREE TV NETWORKS USHER IN NEW ERA OF DIGITAL TV
Thursday, 5 July 2007
Australia’s commercial Free TV broadcasters are set to transform the free-to-view digital experience by paving the way for the development of free-to-air industry Electronic Program Guides (EPGs).
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SURVEY FINDS TELEVISION NO. 1 FOR 'BRILLIANT ADVERTISING'
Friday, 29 June 2007
A new survey has confirmed television’s place at the heart of creativity in advertising. Commissioned by B&T Magazine, the poll found the vast majority of respondents believed TV was the medium most associated with ‘brilliant advertising’.
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AUSTRALIA’S RIGHT TO KNOW
Thursday, 10 May 2007
Australia’s leading media organisations are warning that the country risks undermining one of its main pillars of democracy if erosions to free speech continue. Free TV has joined with News Limited, Fairfax Media, the ABC, Commercial Radio Australia and SBS in a coalition to combat the situation and run a public campaign, ‘Australia’s Right to Know’. Chairman of Free TV Australia and Chief Executive of the Seven Network, David Leckie says, “We are prepared to stand up for the right of free speech for all Australians with a strong, determined and well funded campaign.”
Click here for Media statement
Click here for Joint statement
Click here for The State of Free Speech
Click here for Free Speech Coalition members
Click here for Australia's Freedom of Speech Ranking

ACMA REPORT CONFIRMS THAT THERE IS NO HOARDING OF SPORT ON FREE TV
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
The latest Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA) report on the use of sporting rights held by Free TV broadcasters demonstrates that there is no hoarding of rights.
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FREE TV CHALLENGES PAY TV ON TRANSPARENCY
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
The commercial television networks today added their support to the growing number of industry analysts and media commentators calling for greater transparency from pay TV in the way it reports its ratings.
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FREE TV’S ANNUAL CODE COMPLAINT REPORT 2005/2006
Wednesday, 6 March 2007
The commercial television industry’s Annual Code Complaint Report released today shows that Free TV broadcasters continue to maintain a low number of complaints overall.
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PAY'S PERFORMANCE PUT IN PERSPECTIVE
Tuesday, 28 February 2007
Free TV continues to dominate viewing in Australian homes, Free TV Australia said in response to pay TV’s claim of record ratings share last week.
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SUMMER RATINGS REPORT
Monday, 12 February 2007
Great new programs and must-see sporting events have propelled Free TV to a strong ratings performance for the holiday period, Free TV Australia said today.
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FREE TV SUMMER RATINGS
Monday, 29 January 2007
Free TV’s strong line-up of summer programs has ensured great viewing figures for the holiday period, Free TV Australia said today.
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FREE TV ANNOUNCES JULY TO DECEMBER 2006 AD REVENUE FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION NETWORKS
Monday, 29 January 2007
Advertising revenue for free-to-air commercial television networks for the period 1 July - 31 December 2006.
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SUMMER VIEWING SIZZLES ON FREE TV
Monday, 8 January 2007
Free TV has recorded great holiday viewing figures with increased audiences across all demographics compared to the same period last summer, Free TV Australia said today.
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SPORT ON FREE TV STILL AT RISK
Wednesday, 20 December 2006
The Federal government’s ‘use it or lose it’ guidelines for sports on the anti-siphoning list have failed to provide certainty for viewers. Free TV CEO, Julie Flynn, said “it is disappointing that the new guidelines do nothing to reassure Australian sports fans that in the future they will not be forced to pay for sports they currently see for free.”
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FREE TV SUMMER VIEWING UP 10%
Monday, 18 December 2006
It’s been a bumper start to the summer viewing season on Free TV with audiences increasing significantly compared to the same period last year.
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BABY BOOMERS WATCH MORE TV IN 2006
Wednesday, 13 December 2006
Baby-boomers tuned in to Free TV in record numbers in 2006, according to new figures released today by Free TV Australia. This year, the average metro audience of 40-64s has increased 5.4 per cent compared to the same period last year (2am to 2am) with the regional audience increasing 2.1 per cent. In Sydney alone, the average audience for this demographic has increased by 12.5 per cent.
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AUSSIE VIEWERS BIG WINNERS IN 2ND ASHES TEST
Wednesday, 6 December 2006
Australian cricket lovers have been the big winners in the second test match of the Ashes series, with huge numbers tuning in for the exciting conclusion of the game. The audience for yesterday’s excitement peaked just after 7pm (EDT) with 2.9 million tuned in to Nine’s live coverage. The average audience for the last hour of play was 2.5 million viewers*.
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MORE PEOPLE WATCH FREE TV IN 2006
Monday, 4 December 2006
More people are watching Free TV in 2006, according to figures released today by Free TV Australia. The figures also show Free TV dominates share of television viewing and consumers continue to spend more time with TV than with any other media. “Even with all the new media competing for consumers’ time, Free TV has again proved its few detractors wrong, with overall viewing up this year,” said Free TV Chairman and Seven Network CEO, David Leckie.
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ENGLISH ALREADY THE LOSERS IN ASHES TEST SERIES
Monday, 20 November 2006
While Australian viewers can enjoy watching the 2006–2007 Ashes test cricket series on free-to-air television, English fans will not be so lucky. They will have to pay to watch the series or miss out because the Ashes cricket has been taken off the British sports anti-siphoning list.
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DIGITAL FREE TO VIEW SALES CONTINUE TO GROW
Friday, 17 November 2006
Free TV Australia has welcomed the latest sales figures showing that Australian viewers are making the switch to free to view digital in growing numbers.
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VIEWERS FIGHT FOR SPORT ON FREE TV
Friday, 3 November 2006
Over 50,000 viewers have voted in the Save My Sport online poll and 94% of them do not want to pay to watch sport on television.
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AUSTRALIAN VIEWERS WANT TO KEEP SPORT FREE
Tuesday, 31 October 2006
Australian television viewers have responded in record numbers to the Save My Sport campaign designed to ensure that Australians are able to continue to see major sporting events for free. Almost 50,000 people have voted in the online poll, with an overwhelming majority calling for important sports events to remain free on television.
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TV AT THE HEART OF ADVERTISING EFFECTIVENESS
Wednesday, 25th October 2006
Free TV Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to effective advertising with the renewal of its major sponsorship of the AFA’s Advertising Effectiveness Awards.
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TOP ADVERTISERS “THINK TV”
Monday, 23rd October 2006
Some of Australia’s biggest advertisers will help promote the continuing strengths of television in a major new advertising campaign by Free TV.
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THE PRINCIPLE OF “USE IT OR LOSE IT” RULES NOT IN DISPUTE
Wednesday, 4 October 2006
Free TV Australia has dismissed the latest effort by the pay TV industry to undermine the access of all Australians to sport on free-to-air television.
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FREE TV KICKS OFF SAVEMYSPORT CAMPAIGN
Wednesday, 27 September 2006
Tonight Free TV Australia kicks off a campaign called savemysport to keep sport on television the way Australians want it – free. Please visit savemysport.com.au
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FOOTY CODES GANG TACKLE SPORTS FANS
Thursday, 21 September 2006
Today’s attack on the antisiphoning list by some footy codes is just the latest attempt to force viewers to pay for sports they currently see for free.
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FREE TV AUSTRALIA'S CELEBRATION OF FIFTY YEARS OF AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION
Wednesday, 13 September 2006
Grant Blackley – Chairman, Free TV Australia 50th Anniversary Speech
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50 YEARS OF TELEVISION - A LOT TO CELEBRATE
Wednesday, 13 September 2006
Australian television turns 50 on 16th September. Today, the Prime Minister John Howard and members of the Government and Opposition join industry leaders to mark the occasion at Canberra’s Lobby Restaurant.
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FREE TV NETWORKS DO NOT “HOARD” SPORTING EVENTS
Friday, 1 September 2006
The pay TV lobby's false and spurious claim that Free TV networks "hoard" sporting events is designed to do one thing only: force the 75% of Australians who can’t afford or choose not to take pay TV pay to watch sport on television.
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FREE TV REJECTS FOXTEL STATEMENT
Wednesday, 24 August 2006
“The situation with the AFL rights negotiations has nothing to do with anti-siphoning and everything to do with the fact that Foxtel wants there to be less sport on free-to-air television and to force viewers to pay to see games they currently get for free,” Free TV CEO Julie Flynn said today.
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FREE TV SUPPORTS YOUNG AUSTRALIAN DRAMA TALENT
Tuesday, 22 August 2006
Free TV Australia today reaffirmed its commitment to nurturing young talent for Australia’s television, film and theatre industry with its $30,000 annual award to support students of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
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WOMEN CATCH THE SPORT BUG IN 2006
Tuesday, 15 August 2006
Australian women have caught the sport bug leading strong growth in viewing of sports programs on free-to-air commercial television in 2006.
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FREE TV STILL ON TOP
Friday, 11 August 2006
Free TV networks dismissed as fanciful claims by News Limited chief John Hartigan this week that newspapers are continuing to outperform free-to-air television. The claims come after similar comments by Fairfax Holdings CEO, David Kirk, about the future of television in Australia.
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NEW RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS INTEGRAL ROLE OF TELEVISION
Wednesday, 9 August 2006
An online survey of media decision makers from Australia’s top media planning and buying agencies reveals Free TV has a central role in the new media landscape.
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"USE IT OR LOSE IT" RULES MUST NOT FORCE VIEWERS TO PAY
Friday, 4 August 2006
Free TV Broadcasters have today called on the Federal Government to ensure that the application of "use it or lose it" rules to sports covered by the antisiphoning list does not result in Australian viewers having to pay to watch sports that they currently see for free.
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FREE TV ANNOUNCES JANUARY TO JUNE 2006 AD REVENUE FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION NETWORKS
Tuesday, 25 July 2006
Advertising revenue for free-to-air commercial television networks for the period 1 January - 30 June 2006.
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FREE TV RESPONSE TO MEDIA REFORM FRAMEWORK
Thursday, 13 July 2006
Free TV Australia today responded to the release of the government’s framework for media reform by Communications Minister, Senator Helen Coonan.
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FREE TV REJECTS ASTRA's CLAIMS
Thursday, 13 July 2006
“Free TV networks continue to use the listed sporting events we acquire, and we’re confident the monitoring exercise presently underway by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will prove this,” Free TV Australia chairman, Grant Blackley said today.
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ACMA REVIEW OF CODE OF PRACTICE
Wednesday, 5 July 2006
"Free TV Australia notes the Minister's comments today that she has asked the Australia Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to review the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice in relation to classifying reality TV, " chief executive of Free TV Australia, Julie Flynn said today.
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FREE TV AUDIENCES INCREASE IN 2006
Tuesday, 4 July 2006
The commercial free-to-air TV networks have recorded significant audience growth for the first half of 2006, Free TV Australia said today. The figures released by Free TV show an increase in metro audiences of four per cent across the day (6am-6am) and growth of five per cent in regional audiences.
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BROADCASTERS MEET AUSTRALIAN CONTENT QUOTAS
Friday, 26 May 2006
Free TV Australia welcomed ACMA’s release of figures today showing that all commercial free-to-air networks had met their Australian content requirements for 2005.
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FREE TV CELEBRATES 50 YEARS WITH THE POWERHOUSE
Wednesday, 5 April 2006
As we celebrate 50 years of Australian television, Free TV Australia is proud to announce its principal sponsorship of On the Box: Great moments in Australian television 1956-2006.
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SUMMER RATINGS REPORT – WEEKS 1 TO 6, 2006
Monday, 13 February 2006
While the 2006 ratings gun officially fired last night, Free TV networks have already lapped pay TV.
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COMMERCIAL TELEVISION CODE PROVISIONS ON LANGUAGE
Tuesday, 31 January 2006
Free TV Australia has issued a statement in relation to Commercial Television Code Provisions on Language.
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ACMA CHAIRMAN APPOINTMENT
Monday, 30 January 2006
Free TV Australia today welcomed the announcement of Chris Chapman as the new Chairman of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
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FREE TV ANNOUNCES JULY TO DECEMBER 2005 AD REVENUE FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION NETWORKS
Monday, 23 January 2006
Advertising revenue for free-to-air commercial television networks for the period 1 July - 31 December 2005.
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2005 | Top of page

KERRY PACKER TRIBUTE
Tuesday, 27 December 2005
Free TV Australia sadly marks the death of Kerry Packer. "Kerry Packer has made an outstanding contribution to the development of television in Australia," the chairman of Free TV Australia, Grant Blackley, said today.
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UNIFORM DEFAMATION LAW
Wednesday, 7 December 2005
The Combined Media Reform Group (representing Australia’s major publishers and broadcasters) today welcomed the historic passing of Uniform Defamation Bills by the NSW, South Australian, Victorian, Queensland, Tasmanian and West Australian Parliaments.
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FREE TV CONTINUES TO DOMINATE IN 2005
Monday, 28 November
2005 It has been a stellar year for Australian commercial television broadcasters, according to a review of the 2005 ratings season.
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FREE TV EXPOSES FLAWS IN TV JUNK FOOD CLAIMS
Wednesday, 23 November 2005
Free TV Australia today released new research demonstrating that recent claims made about the number of television ads for foods high in fat or sugar that children are exposed to are wrong. Previous figures have been based on flawed methodology and have used out-of-date data, Free TV revealed today.
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FREE TV'S ANNUAL CODE COMPLAINT REPORT 2004/2005
Wednesday, 23 November 2005
The commercial television industry's Annual Code Complaint Report released today shows that Free TV broadcasters continue to maintain a low number of complaints overall. In the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 there were 997 complaints received nationwide. Click here for a copy of the report.
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FREE TV CHALLENGES NEWS LIMITED’S READERSHIP CLAIMS
Friday, 11 November 2005
News Limited’s claims of more newspaper readers and fewer TV viewers are a distortion of the true picture of media consumption in Australia, Free TV Australia said today. “News Limited spin doctors are obviously in over-drive making inappropriate and misleading comparisons”, said Rhonda Brown, Director of Marketing.
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HIGH SATISFACTION IN FREE-TO-VIEW DIGITAL HOMES
Wednesday, 9 November 2005
Free TV Australia welcomes the findings of the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s digital media survey that show a high degree of satisfaction with the new technology in the 13% of homes that have already made the switch from analogue to digital television.
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FREE TV CONFIDENT ANTI-SIPHONING LIST DELIVERS TO ALL VIEWERS
Wednesday, 12 October 2005
Free TV welcomes the announcement by the Minister that the Australian Communications and Media Authority will monitor free-to-air usage of sports on the anti-siphoning list.
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CHISHOLM, LECKIE & BLACKLEY TALK TV'S FUTURE
Friday, 7 October 2005
Free TV announces TV Industry Forum to be held in Sydney on 16 November to discuss television and its future in Australia.
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FREE TV REJECTS SPAA'S TV DRAMA CLAIMS
Monday, 5 September 2005
Free TV Australia rejects claims by independent producers that production and expenditure figures for TV drama have somehow been manipulated.
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COMMERCIAL NETWORKS INCREASE SPEND ON AUSSIE DRAMA
Wednesday, 24 August 2005
Australia’s commercial television broadcasters continue to be the major underwriters of local drama production, Free TV Australia said, responding to Australian Film Commission (AFC) figures released today.
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FREE TV ANNOUNCES JANUARY TO JUNE 2005 AD REVENUE FOR REGIONAL COMMERCIAL TELEVISION NETWORKS
Wednesday, 27 July 2005
Advertising revenue for free-to-air commercial television networks (regional) for the period 1 January - 30 June 2005.
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FREE TV ANNOUNCES JANUARY TO JUNE 2005 AD REVENUE FOR METRO COMMERCIAL TELEVISION NETWORKS
Wednesday, 25 July 2005
Advertising revenue for free-to-air commercial television networks (metropolitan) for the period 1 January - 30 June 2005.
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JO LIVELY CAMPAIGN
Thursday, 9 June 2005
Free TV Australia congratulates the advertising industry in the new "Jo Lively" ad campaign launched today. For more information on the Jo Lively campaign please go to www.jolively.com.
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CODE COMPLAINT NUMBERS REMAIN STEADY
Monday, 9 May 2005
The commercial television industry's Code Complaint Report released today shows that code complaint numbers have remained steady.
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NEW RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS THE POWER OF FREE TV
Wednesday, 27 April 2005
Free TV continues to be the best medium for advertisers, according to research findings released by Free TV Australia.
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FREE TV REJECTS AANA CLAIMS
Wednesday, 23 February 2005
Responding to the AANA's comments on television advertising rates today, the Chairman of Free TV Australia, John McAlpine commented that, "Television advertising rates are determined by supply and demand. Commercial broadcasters cannot ask prices that the market will not bear".
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STATEMENT FROM FREE TV ON ASTRA ASHES CLAIMS
Monday, 21 February 2005
Contrary to claims by the pay television industry, no evidence was presented to the Senate Committee today that in any way confirms that the Australian free-to-air broadcasters rejected an offer of rights to the Ashes series in 2001.
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FREE TV AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES JULY TO DECEMBER 2004 AD REVENUE FOR COMMERCIAL TV NETWORKS
Monday, 14 February 2005
Advertising revenue for free-to-air commercial television networks for the period 1 July - 31 December 2004.
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FREE TV REJECTS ASHES CLAIMS BY FOX SPORTS
Friday, 11 February 2005
Free TV Australia today rejected suggestions by Fox Sports that free-to-air broadcasters were given the "opportunity to acquire exclusive rights to the Ashes and didn't bother".
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8.6m AUSTRALIANS REACH OUT TO ASIA
Sunday, 9 January 2005
8.6 million viewers spanning every region of Australia tuned in to Free TV's Australia Unites - Reach Out to Asia historic telecast on Saturday night. As of 2am Sunday morning, donations flowing from the telecast exceeded $20m while the cumulative figure since Free TV's appeal began last week exceeds $50m.
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AUSTRALIA UNITES - REACH OUT TO ASIA
Tuesday, 4 January 2005
Australia's best-loved entertainers will take part in the live, all-star event in aid of World Vision this Saturday evening.
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FREE TV NETWORKS UNITE IN TSUNAMI VICTIMS APPEAL
Sunday, 2 January 2005
Australia's three commercial television networks have announced an historic joint national appeal to aid victims of the Asian tsunami disaster.
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2004 | Top of page

AUSTRALIAN FREE-TO-AIR BROADCASTERS CONFIRM INTERACTIVE STANDARD
Thursday, 2 September 2004
Australia's free-to-air broadcasters confirm their position in relation to interactive content to be transmitted on the digital terrestrial television platform.
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FREE TV AUSTRALIAN ANNOUNCES JANUARY - JUNE 2004 AD REVENUE FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION NETWORKS
Tuesday, 10 August 2004
Advertising revenue for commercial television networks for the period January to June 2004.
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COMMERCIAL NETWORKS INCREASE SPEND ON AUSTRALIAN DRAMA
Thursday 5 August 2004
Australian drama has never been more vital to commercial television broadcasters, the industry's peak body, Free TV Australia, said today.
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COMMERCIAL TELEVISION INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE
Friday, 2 July 2004
Free TV Australia today welcomed the registration of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice by the Australian Broadcasting Authority. The ABA registered the Code on 1 July 2004.
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FREE TV AUSTRALIA REJECTS AD BANS
Thursday, 17 June 2004
Free TV Australia today called on the ALP to reconsider imposing bans on food advertising in children's programs.
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FREE TV AUSTRALIA
Thursday, 10 June 2004
From 10 June 2004, the peak industry body representing the free-to-air commercial broadcasters will be known as Free TV Australia.
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CODE COMPLAINT NUMBERS REMAIN LOW
Wednesday, 21 April 2004
The commercial television industry's Annual Code Complaint Report released today shows that the industry has continued to maintain a low number of complaints.
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WIN FOR FREE TV SPORTS FANS
Wednesday, 7 April 2004
CTVA welcomes the federal government’s decision to renew the anti-siphoning list, ensuring that all Australian sports fans can continue to see major sporting events on free to air television.
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FREE TO VIEW BROADCASTERS ANNOUNCE NEW INDUSTRY PROGRAM GUIDE
Wednesday, 17 March 2004
Australia’s five free to view television networks announce the launch of a new Industry Video Program Guide.
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CTVA ANNOUNCES JULY TO DECEMBER 2003 AD REVENUE FOR COMMERCIAL NETWORKS
Wednesday, 11 February 2004
Advertising revenue for commercial television networks for the period July to December 2003.
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CTVA APPOINTS NEW MARKETING DIRECTOR
Tuesday, 27 January 2004
CTVA announces the appointment of Rhonda Brown as Marketing Director for the peak industry body.
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COMMERCIAL TELEVISION INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE REVIEW
Friday, 8 August 2003
Commercial Television Australia (CTVA) is conducting a periodic review of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice and is seeking public comment.
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NETWORKS UNITE FOR DIGITAL TV PUSH
Thursday, 19 June 2003
Personalities from networks Seven, Nine and Ten have united in a major new television advertising campaign communicating to Australians that digital TV is here, it's available now and it's free to view.
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18% DROP IN COMPLAINTS ABOUT TELEVISION
Friday, 30 May 2003
The commercial television industry's Annual Code Complaint Report released today shows that complaints about television last year dropped by 18%. 745 complaints were received over the 12 month period from 1 October 2001 to 30 September 2002, compared with 907 complaints for the previous 12 month period.
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FREE-TO-AIR TELEVISION PROMPTS ABs TO BUY UP
Wednesday, 14 May 2003
Numbers of the valuable AB demographic watching free-to-air (FTA) television in Australia have increased dramatically over recent years, according to statistics released today by Commercial Television Australia (CTVA).
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COMMERCIAL TELEVISION STRONG IN FIRST MONTH OF RATINGS
Wednesday, 2 April 2003
Ratings released today by Commercial Television Australia (CTVA) for the first month of the 2003 ratings period indicate that free-to-air (FTA) television is retaining its stature as the best medium through which to communicate with the Australian consumer.
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PAY TV DOES NOT RATE WITH CONSUMERS
Thursday, 27 February 2003
Commercial Television Australia released new consumer research today showing that Pay TV has little impact with consumers.
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SUMMER RATINGS
Wednesday, 12 February 2003
Commercial free-to-air television experienced one of its most successful summer ratings periods according to the final summer ratings results prepared by CTVA.
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SUMMER PROGRAMMING
Friday, 7 February 2003
Commercial television recorded strong summer ratings with in excess of 30 million viewers tuning in to the top 20 programs.
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INTRODUCING COMMERCIAL TELEVISION AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, 29 October 2002
Commercial Television Australia is a newly constituted organisation which replaces the Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations as the television industry’s peak body.
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FACTS LAUNCHES ONLINE NEWSLETTER
Tuesday, 1 October 2002
The first in a series of online newsletters produced by The Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations (FACTS) launches today. Titled The Power, the newsletter will be distributed via email to marketing decision makers on a regular basis.
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ADVERTISERS SUPPORT FTA CAMPAIGN
Monday, 26 August 2002
A landmark campaign promoting the benefits of free-to-air (FTA) television has bolstered advertisers’ belief that FTA is the best medium to drive sales.
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FACTS CALLS FOR MORE RIGOROUS ASSESSMENT INTO ISSUES SURROUNDING LOUDNESS OF ADVERTISEMENTS
Wednesday, 10 July 2002
The Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations (FACTS) today expressed concern that the recommendations of an ABA Report into the loudness of advertisements are premature and called for ongoing work across affected industry sectors to find the most appropriate approach to this issue.
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FREE TV CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS TV's POWER
Friday, 24 May 2002
Free-to-air television continues to be the best way to build brands and drive sales, according to new research released today by the Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations (FACTS). The study was undertaken in preparation for a major industry campaign to market the industry's credentials to Australian business, which starts with TV ads this weekend.
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COMMERCIAL TELEVISION INDUSTRY DISPUTES OPPOSITION INTERPRETATIONS OF ANTI-SIPHONING PROVISIONS
Tuesday, 20 November 2001
The Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations (FACTS) has disputed Opposition Communications spokesman, Stephen Smith's interpretations of the anti-siphoning provisions.
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AUSTRALIAN FREE-TO-AIR TELEVISION BROADCASTERS REPORT ON DIGITAL TELEVISION FINDINGS FROM IFA 2001
Wednesday, 31 October 2001
On behalf of Australia's free-to-air television networks, Public Broadcasters and Regional Broadcasters, the Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations (FACTS) Digital TV Strategy Group has announced today the Australian free-to-air television industry's support for DVB - MHP (Multimedia Home Platform) as the standard for delivery of interactive television services.
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FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIAN COMMERCIAL TELEVISION STATIONS SAYS TELEVISION INDUSTRY HIGHLY RESPONSIBLE
Tuesday, 25 September 2001
The Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations (FACTS) says that some sections of the media have placed undue emphasis on the effects on the television industry of the "Attack upon America' crisis.
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FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIAN COMMERCIAL TELEVISION STATIONS APPOINTS MARKETING DIRECTOR
Sunday, 7 October 2001
The Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations (FACTS) has appointed Mr. Tony Hercok as their Marketing Director.
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FACTS LEADS FREE-TO-AIR TELEVISION INDUSTRY DELEGATION ON TECHNO STUDY TRIP
Wednesday, 22 August 2001
The Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations (FACTS) Digital TV Strategy Group is sending a delegation to review progress in the European television marketplace on the development of set top boxes and televisions based upon the DVB-MHP (Multimedia Home Platform) standard.
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FREE-TO-AIR TELEVISION MOVES FORWARD ON DIGITAL TELEVISION IMPLEMENTATION
Thursday, 19 April 2001
The Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations, FACTS, has established an industry- wide Digital TV Strategy Group to process digital TV implementation issues.
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