Bills digest: Broadcasting Services Amendment (Anti-siphoning) Bill 2012

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This paper provides information on a proposed bill introducing new anti-siphoning measures for Australian broadcasting.

Siphoning refers to the practice used by pay television broadcasters by which they appropriate, or ‘siphon off’ certain events that have been traditionally shown on free-to-air television so that viewers who do not subscribe to their services are unable to view those events.
Under the existing Australian anti-siphoning scheme, pay television licensees are unable to acquire rights to televise listed events on pay television until rights have first been acquired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) or commercial free-to-air broadcasters who reach more than 50 per cent of the Australian population.

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