The Australian and Australian Financial Review both report networks are experiencing a “profound economic squeeze” and claiming special status because of competitive, structural and economic pressures. They claim they hold a “special” place in the community.
They also seek the repeal of ownership rules, which would allow mergers between metropolitan and regional broadcasters.
A Free TV Australia submission claims overseas companies such as Google and streaming giant Netflix had put heavy pressure on revenues.
“As an industry, we acknowledge and accept that from the perspective of many citizens, commercial FTA (free-to-air) broadcasting is ‘special’,” Free TV chief executive Julie Flynn said.
“It is the home of high-quality free content, especially news and sport and, finally, it holds a special place in the affections of many Australians, participating alongside the public broadcasting sector in the national conversation.”
Networks were granted rebates of $250m under the previous Labor government.