Foxtel can halve Australian drama production under new broadcasting bill

Foxtel can halve Australian drama production under new broadcasting bill

The Guardian

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The Morrison government’s new laws appear to backtrack on a pledge to force Netflix and Amazon to make local shows

Foxtel will be able to halve its commitment to producing Australian drama under new government legislation that also appears to backtrack on a pledge to force Netflix and Amazon to make local shows.

The Morrison government’s new broadcasting bill, which slashes Foxtel’s requirement to spend 10% of its drama budget on Australian content to 5%, makes no mention of the streaming services although the communications minister, Paul Fletcher, referenced them this week when he attempted to explain why Foxtel was getting a reduction.

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