SBS Internet Funding: May 2010 Budget Request

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17 December 2009

To: The Treasurer Parliament House Canberra

Copies: Minister for Broadband, Communications & Digital Economy; Minister for Finance; Chairperson of SBS; Managing Director of SBS

Dear Mr Swan

SBS Internet Funding: May 2010 Budget Request

Funding for our public broadcasters has normally been on a triennial basis although there have been prior occasions when adjustments have been made part way through a triennium.

Save Our SBS was encouraged by comments made by the Minister for Broadband, Communications

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Submission – SBS Review

11 December 2008

To: The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Sent by email to: abcsbsreview@dbcde.gov.au


A chronology of events: Public to Commercial

Since advertising was first allowed on the SBS in the early nineteen nineties, there has been a steady drift away from the original multicultural mandate of the SBS.

This was identified by Dr Chris Lawe Davies in a study of SBS output between 1975 and 1995 which found:

“An overview of the market and advertising research reports carried out for SBS between 1993 and 1994 confirms

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SBS funding for 2009-2012

SBS Triennial Funding Submission (for 2009-2010; 2010-2011; 2011-2012)

as proposed by Save Our SBS Inc

submitted to Senator Stephen Conroy 5 August 2008

SBS funding for the next triennium – Executive Summary

By any reasonable measure the Special Broadcasting Service Corporation (SBS) has been under funded.

SBS total revenue (for both its radio and television services) is less than one fifth of the average commercial television station in Australia. The SBS receives about one quarter of the funding that the ABC receives from government and the total combined public funding for both broadcasters is less than half

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