TEN has pushed for local content quotas to be applied to digital channels.
In a submission to the Convergence Review, TEN wants up to a quarter of each network’s annual quota of drama to be able to be shown on digital channels.
This would encourage ”edgier” and innovative drama for younger audiences.
It would also mean TEN could address an issue it has with Neighbours not counting towards its annual quota.
This year TEN has had to rely on other shows including Offspring, Rush, and Good News World, Go Girls and Outrageous Fortune.
TEN argues that viewers under 25 are watching less Australian drama because they spend more time online and comparatively more watching the digital channels.
”This should be a major concern for local drama supporters,” TEN’s submission said. ”The long-term viability of the local production sector relies on young Australians developing the same lifelong connection to local programming that has driven strong demand to date.”
The Screen Producers Association has previously argued that drama requirements on digital channels could make room for emerging and experimental drama producers.
But Free TV Australia has said there should be no requirement for Australian programming on the digital channels.
Senator Conroy has previously said there are no current plans to add quotas on multichannels. If and when that changes, it is unlikely to be backdated.