Australian TV Needs Fairer Competition
Commercial free to air television in Australia pays an additional industry tax set over 50 years ago when there was no Pay TV, no mobile phones and no internet. Today there are global companies providing television in Australia who do not have to pay this tax.
This outdated regulation is evidence that our regulatory system has failed to keep up with the technological advances in the broadcasting and media industry. Australian licence fees are 3.5 times more expensive than the next market, Singapore, and more than 115 times greater than the US.
Licence fees must be reduced so that commercial free to air television can continue to innovate and invest to produce great Australian content.