Regulating for Local Content in the Digital Audiovisual Environment – A View from Australia by Jason John Bosland

Regulating for Local Content in the Digital Audiovisual Environment – A View from Australia by Jason John Bosland (University of Melbourne – Centre for Media and Communications Law)
Abstract: This paper explores the future of Australian content quotas in light of digital television and emergent, internet-based television services. Part II describes the current system of broadcasting regulation in Australia, focusing in particular on the interaction between economic and cultural goals. Part III considers the challenges to existing regulation presented by digital television and the distribution of programming via broadband internet. Finally, Part IV examines some of the solutions that have been proposed to achieve adequate levels of local Australian content in the digital media age, including a consideration of a possible solution not yet fully explored in the Australian context: the introduction of a public service publisher, or a PSP. Also considered is how this and other policy responses might be limited by Australia’s recent entry into a free-trade agreement with the United States.
http://ssrn.com/abstract=969254

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