Commercial TV have written to the Federal Government requesting explicit permission for journalists and production staff to travel over state borders during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports Free TV Australia is not seeking exemptions to quarantine rules, but has reiterated its concerns about the lack of clarity over permits which do not specifically describe media as an essential activity.
The issues range from local media workers being unable to apply for work permits and getting journalists and technical crews to Queensland so that they can cover the AFL. Documentaries and reality television shows are also being affected.
Yesterday broadcasting and production were given approval to remain open under Stage 4 in Victoria with a COVID-Safe Plan but Motion Picture and Sound Recording Activities must close for on-site work.