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Oct 17

Local programs no longer need quotas to survive

THERE are plenty of nervous people in the production industry. They are worried the federal government’s independent convergence review might recommend reducing or removing local content quotas enforced on Australia’s big media owners.

The quotas apply to programming and advertising and were introduced as part of the Broadcasting Services Act in 1992.

Back then, the media landscape looked very different, so only the five main television networks (ABC, SBS, Seven, Nine and 10) and about half of today’s radio stations were subject to the regulation.

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