TV Licenses in Australia: Barriers to competition, big bucks and the impact of new media

Publisher:
University of Queensland
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Australian Journal of Communication, 2012, 39 (2), pp. 59 - 72
Issue Date:
2012-01
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Commercial television licences are awarded to television companies by the Federal Government and are the mechanism through which the industry is regulated in Australia. Major considerations in the design of this regulation system are that the industry should be 'financially viable' and, for reasons of maintaining 'cultural identity', encourage the production of local content. However, restricting the availability of television licences also represents a significant barrier to competition within the industry, which has resulted in high returns to the owners of the licences, although this has changed significantly with the growth of new media. This study considers the television licensing system in Australia, and how this is changing in the new media environment
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