Australian TV drama series have shrunk in length from their heyday, and broadcasters are making 20% less of them than they did two decades ago.
Pursuing local content requirements on streaming services is a high risk, low reward campaign. The reality is global streamers can’t save Australian television.
The 2020 federal budget allocates an additional A$53 million towards screen funding, but there are strings attached.
The pandemic pause on local children’s television content has become policy. Now what for kids’ TV?
The prime minister is being told we should “re-shore” critical supplies. But that’s not the same as ensuring we have access to them.
Australian drama, documentary and children’s programs deserve better support – removing content quotas may be the way forward.
The federal government’s decision to water down commercial TV networks’s content quotas until the end of the year is another body-blow to the arts.
With commercial broadcasters threatening to thumb their noses at local content quotas, it’s time government finds new tools appropriate for the 21st century television environment.
New ABS figures on film, TV and digital gaming show that subscription broadcasters and online content creators are booming. Yet local content quotas only apply to free-to-air broadcasters.
It is important to nurture local companies and increase domestic participation in Africa’s emerging oil economies.
Many broadcasters around the world enforce local content quotas to ensure their television industries’ survival. But the success of these measures varies widely.