Feb 12, 2014

Television: the land where the age of entitlement never ends

For the free-to-air commercial broadcasters, it's always the age of entitlement -- no matter who is in power. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer detail the largesse.

There’s one industry where the age of entitlement is unlikely to ever end, at least while Australians continue to watch evening news bulletins — the commercial television industry — which is a recipient of some of the most generous largesse in the economy.

As we noted last week, the previous government handed the commercial television networks a 50% tax cut, reducing licence fees for the publicly owned spectrum they use from 9% to 4.5% of revenue, which has cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars since 2010, on the basis that it’s getting more costly to meet local content requirements.

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One thought on “Television: the land where the age of entitlement never ends

  1. The Pav

    And what is more laughable is
    1) the commercials stations claim they provide news & current affairs coverage. Where? Perhaps The Project
    2) Channel Nine running endless repeats of Big Bang in peak time
    3) Sports being covered at their convenience only
    4) Having three or so extra digitals channels each that are solely used for shopping

    FTA is losing market share because they are greedy, inept and crap.

    They should be fined for their programming decisions

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