Under current laws, 55 per cent of content that appears on free-to-air broadcasters has to be Australian. Much of the quota is now met with reality television and game or panel shows, which is much cheaper to produce and less risky than funding new scripted drama or comedy. The reforms will be looked at early next year, and will involve determining the impact they currently have on free-to-air broadcasters and whether they should be expanded to cover streaming video on demand services as well. Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher (centre) talks to media along side Prime Minister Scott Morrison (left) and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (right) at a press conference in Melbourne this morning (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images).Source:Getty Images The proposed change is one of several the government has announced in response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) report published in July. Others include establishing a dedicated special unit inside the ACCC to keep an eye on tech platforms like Facebook and Google, in what looks to be a world leading step to regulate big tech companies. The special unit will cost $26.9 million to set up, and initially focus on online advertising and ad-tech services. In a… Read full this story
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