Audience Reach, Ownership Control and Local Content

Two different shows btw :wink:

Oh, I see. Mako: Island of Secrets was the spinoff. They’re both popular on Netflix.

I think Canada France and a few others have local streaming quotas and as far as I know the streamers have not exited those markets

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I’m really glad they haven’t changed “mum” to “mom” for US audiences. Teach those kids how to say it right aha.

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Free TV broadcasters deliver record spend on Australian content

Free TV today welcomed the release of the ACMA report, TV in Australia: Spending on commercial TV programs for FY23, which documents a record spend on Australian content by Free TV broadcasters.

Key points from the report are:

  • $1.67 billion spent by commercial television broadcasters on Australian content, a record amount;
  • 87% of all program expenditure was for Australian content, an increase of 8% on the previous year;
  • Cost of sports rights continues to increase, up 17%;
  • Record investment of $413 million in trusted news that Australians can rely on;
  • 16% increase in expenditure on regional news, despite challenging market conditions and unreasonable spectrum fees remaining in place. The only provider of local tv news bulletins in Australia is regional commercial television.

Free TV CEO Bridget Fair said: “Providing quality Australian programming for free to all Australians is part of our DNA. We are committed to bringing Australians the trusted news, live and free sport and local entertainment programming that they love.

“These numbers are a powerful demonstration that Free TV broadcasters see themselves as the home of Australian content. No other media platform makes the consistent investment in our local content year in, year out.

“This level of investment is a clear reason why the Australian Government should ensure that our policy settings support the sustainability of the commercial television sector. If we are going to have a Future Made in Australia, a strong local media industry is central to that objective.”

A number of key policy objectives are needed to support our local commercial television sector:

  • Anti-siphoning laws that enable all Australians to watch sport on free TV no matter whether they use an aerial or through an internet connection;
  • Rules about prominence on Smart TVs make commercial broadcasters’ services accessible and easy to find, including on existing devices;
  • Policies support public interest journalism in the face of rising mis- and disinformation, and Meta’s refusal to pay for news under the News Media Bargaining Code framework;
  • Fairer competition rules to address the power of digital platforms who benefit from an increasing share of advertising revenue, but don’t share broadcasters’ responsibility for producing accurate news and information;
  • The spectrum taxes paid by commercial broadcasters, which are the highest in the world, and 52 times higher than the equivalent per capita charge on US broadcasters, are abolished.

As commercial broadcasters increasingly invest in the future of Australian content, it’s time for Government to take action to ensure that all Australians can continue to turn to their local TV stations into the future.

Report shows Australian content spending by commercial television in 2022–23

A new report from the ACMA shows commercial TV networks spent $1.67 billion on Australian programs in the 2022–23 financial year, representing an increase from $1.54 billion in the previous year.

Overall, the networks spent $1.91 billion on Australian and overseas programs, down from $1.94 billion in the previous financial year.

The report shows increases in spending on ‘Australian sport’, with expenditure of $635 million, up from $545 million in 2021–22, and ‘Australian news and current affairs’ with expenditure of $413 million, up from $361 million in 2021–22. ‘Light entertainment—other’, ‘Australian documentaries’ and ‘Overseas drama’ programs remained at similar expenditure levels to the 2021–22 financial year.

The increase in expenditure on Australian news and current affairs included an additional $4.96 million for licensees in regional Australia, reporting $35.32 million in 2022–23, up from $30.36 million in 2021–22 financial year.

The report also shows spending on ‘Australian children’s other (non-drama)’ programs decreased to $743,820 in 2022–23, down from $883,445 in 2021–22. No expenditure was reported for ‘Australian children’s drama’ programs in 2022–23, down from $2,027,426 in 2021–22.

The newly published data is part of the TV in Australia: Spending on commercial TV programs report which comprises commercial TV expenditure information by genre, provided on a voluntary basis on behalf of 69 metropolitan and regional commercial TV broadcasters.

This report is available in a digital format which provides program expenditure data for the past five financial years and contains interactive visualisations to offer greater insights into the data.

The TV in Australia: Spending on commercial TV programs report is available on the ACMA website.



No quotas so no children’s dramas.

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