Today, our CEO, Matthew Deaner welcomed the Government’s response to the Review of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, but noted the Government has not gone far enough to address competition issues in the market.
“The organisational and governance reforms within the ACMA will set the regulator up to better engage with the industry. I look forward to seeing the Ministerial Statement of Expectations for the ACCC and the ACMA, as well as the ACMA’s overarching policy objectives.”
“However, some competition issues have fallen through the cracks. As highlighted by Kim Dalton recently, there is an absence of competition controls around the ABC’s market power in negotiating with the independent production sector. The same goes for the other broadcasters. The relative market power of buyers and sellers in our industry needs attention.”
“In this review, the Government has missed an opportunity to fully explore the potential for ACMA’s role in mediating competition issues in the market. In the UK, Ofcom oversees relationships between broadcasters and the independent production sector. In the complementary process of the Content Review and the Parliamentary Inquiry, SPA will continue to press for greater consideration of competition issues.”
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