Feb 8, 2018

Foxtel uses its puppet peak body to avoid gambling regulation

Foxtel seems to be pushing for an exemption from tough new laws surrounding gambling ads, by using ASTRA, the peak subscription TV body, to show mercy to its "small audiences".

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Once again Foxtel (well, News Corp) has been caught out trying to push a cosy deal. Stories this morning have revealed that the free-to-air TV networks are fighting a sneaky attempt by Foxtel for a partial exemption from tough new controls that would see gambling ads banned before 8.30pm. The ABC reports that Foxtel is pushing for exemptions "because some of its channels have 'very small audiences'". A spokesperson for the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA), the pay-TV industry’s peak body, is quoted as saying: 

The exemption encompasses channels, including beIN, ESPN and Eurosport that provide niche coverage of overseas events to very small audiences in contrast to the mass appeal broadcasts of the major Australian football codes on free-to-air TV, which attract much larger audiences.

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4 thoughts on “Foxtel uses its puppet peak body to avoid gambling regulation

  1. Wayne Cusick

    You pay through the nose for Foxtel, and still get ads…

  2. AR

    What, the undocumented $30M wasn’t enough?

  3. Robert Smith

    The question is why would you advertise on a channel almost nobody watches.
    I watch ESPN a lot and besides the betting ads the ones I notice are the gov’t constantly promoting their support for schools & for the defence industry.
    If nobody watches why are they advertising there so many times an hour? What we waste.

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