The Federal government has proposed a surprisingly early, second digital dividend from the re-farming of TV spectrum, which would see the 600 MHz band auctioned for wireless broadband in 2025. Meanwhile, the extra efficiency of better video compression would supposedly allow the five free-to-air TV networks to squeeze into only three, shared TV channels in each area.
Media and communications consultant Giles Tanner whose interest lies in broadcasting and radio frequency spectrum management will discuss the proposal in light of the hybrid view of TV’s future proposed in our recent paper, Should TV move? co-authored with Jock Given.
Consideration of the various directions TV transmission might evolve highlights some potential challenges for the TV industry, for the government, and for the ‘long tail’ of Australians who still depend on free-to-air TV. While the paper marks a welcome start to an important microeconomic reform process, Tanner concludes that the public interest issues at stake may go wider than those government has articulated to date.
The event will be presented via Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided to registered attendees via email on the evening prior to the presentation.