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It's not (just) cricket

11 Jul 2018
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When Bob Hawke and his ministers began discussing the introduction of subscription television back in the 1980s, one minister is said to have commented that any government that allowed the AFL grand final to be taken off free-to-air TV would lose the next election.

The minister wasn’t the only fearful one. The long-established free-to-air operators — always hostile to any new competition — worried that the new pay TV operators would siphon off the most popular films and series, and especially the best live sport. And so, when pay TV finally began in Australia in 1995, anti-siphoning provisions were built into the law to keep popular sport on free-to-air.

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