Government proposes local content obligations for SVODs, ABC, Sbs

Government proposes local content obligations for SVODs, ABC, Sbs
The streaming giants would be forced to spend on Australian content, the commercial broadcasters offered a new licence system, and the role of the ABC and Sbs in producing local programming formalised, if policies outlined in a new green paper from the Federal Government are adopted.

Released today for industry consultation, the paper, dubbed ‘Modernising television regulation in Australia’ outlines the government’s intended ‘next stage’ of media reform. This is in line with its response to last year’s Accc Digital Platforms Inquiry, when it committed to a “platform-neutral regulatory framework”.

September saw the first step in the reform plan, with announcements including the overhaul of the fixed content quotas on commercial free-to-air, and the harmonisation of the film and TV Producer Offsets at 30 per cent.

At that stage, streaming services were merely asked to begin reporting their Australian acquisitions to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (Acma).

Yet Minister for Communications,
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