Senate committee recommends withdrawal of proposal to halve Foxtel drama quota

Senate committee recommends withdrawal of proposal to halve Foxtel drama quota
A Senate committee has gone against Foxtel on a proposal to halve subscription television’s local drama quota, recommending that the legislation remains as is.

In its report on the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill, the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee instead calls for the government to “expedite a response” to the media reform green paper to “harmonise the regulatory framework for Australian content obligations”.

It’s the latest twist for the media reform, which moves to reduce subscription TV providers’ obligation of drama channel revenue towards local content from 10 per cent to 5 per cent.

After being flagged in last year’s Federal Budget, the proposal formed part of a bill to amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 that was referred to the committee for inquiry last month.

More than 50 industry submissions were received in response to the amendments, which were initially due to take effect next month.

Foxtel was among the strongest advocates for the change,
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