Monday, 15 August 2022 08:51

ACMA reports all 13 metropolitan licensees meet content requirements for primary and non-primary channels


All 13 metropolitan licensees met the Australian content requirements for their primary and non-primary channels, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s annual content compliance results for metropolitan commercial television broadcasters for 2021.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said Seven Network reported an average of 74% of Australian programs on its primary metropolitan channels, while Nine Network reported 77% and Network Ten reported 68%.

To comply with the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, commercial television licensees must broadcast Australian content at least 55% of the time between 6 am and midnight on their primary channel.

On non-primary channels, licensees must broadcast at least 1,460 hours of Australian content between 6am and midnight in the calendar year.

Metropolitan commercial networks have also complied with the Broadcasting Services (Australian Content and Children’s Television) Standards 2020 (ACCTS), which took effect on 1 January 2021.

Under the new ACCTS, commercial television networks must reach 250 points by broadcasting first release Australian content across certain genres each calendar year.

The ACCTS allocates points per broadcast hour based on the program’s production budget.

This means more points can be claimed per hour for commissioned Australian drama programs with high production budgets.

Results show that all metropolitan licensees met the required points quota, with Seven Network reporting 374 points worth of first release Australian content, 271 points for the Nine Network, and 370 points for Network Ten.

The ACMA has also released expenditure data of 69 metropolitan and regional commercial television licensees for the 2020–21 financial year.

Networks reported a total expenditure of $1.525 billion on Australian programs—an increase of $45.3 million from the previous financial year.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 12 August 2022.

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