60 Years of Free TV
For sixty years, millions of Australians have depended on commercial free to air television for trustworthy news and current affairs coverage, to get their fix of live sport, and for daily entertainment. Always for free. Much has changed since free to air television first launched in 1956, and we have always kept ahead of the pack with changing technology while maintaining the fundamentals on which Australians continue to depend.
Since commercial free to air television launched, we have prided ourselves on being one of the most significant mass broadcasting platforms for Australian culture and debate. We also invest in services for regional communities to maintain their unique identities by producing local news and regional programming.
Free TV is an industry body which represents Australia’s commercial free to air television licensees. The organisation provides a forum for discussion of industry matters and is the public voice of the industry on a wide range of issues.
Free TV is governed by a Board of Directors representing the major member groups including; the Nine Network, the Seven Network, Network Ten, Southern Cross Austereo, Prime Television, NBN and Imparja. The Board is supported by a number of committees which formulate advice and recommendations in relation to policy and regulatory issues, engineering and technical issues, marketing and other areas affecting the industry.