Communications Minister Mitch Fifield isn’t too worried about shows like Hi-5 potentially disappearing if changes to local content go ahead -but he is very worried about just who is in the rebooted group.
Appearing at a Senate hearing in Canberra today, Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young asked the Minister if parents should be worried about the potential loss of Children’s TV titles, Mitch Fifield said it was too soon to talk about potential quota changes.
“I think the thing that should most worry parents is the ever-changing ensemble that makes up Hi-5,” he joked.
“I’m still very committed to the original line-up and I was a little unnerved at Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve that there was yet another incarnation of Hi-5.”
Nine launched their new-look Hi-5 on Christmas Eve with Shay Clifford, Joe Kalou, Bailey Spalding, Lachie Dearing & Courtney Clarke.
“I’d always like to see more (Australian content) but in terms of what is appropriate, if we do have a review that will be something that submissions are received on,” the Minister said.