Petition Closes

The No Ads on SBS petition closed today. It is expected to be presented to the Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy in early April.

The petition (full title: NO ADVERTISEMENTS OR SPONSORSHIP ON SBS) attracted more than 7000 signatures which was much more than the target of 5000.

Many people felt outraged when the world’s first multicultural broadcaster began interrupting programs for advertisements in late 2006. Prior to that ads were only shown between programs, not in them. SBS-TV does not hold a commercial broadcast license. It is a public

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Private Members Bill Bans Ads Interrupting SBS-TV

Today the leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Lyn Allison, will introduce her private members bill into the Senate that would prohibit SBS from interrupting television programs for advertisements. The bill, the “Special Broadcasting Service (Prohibition of Disruptive Advertising) Amendment Bill 2008“, allows SBS to carry limited advertising between programs only. SBS began interrupting programs for advertisements in late 2006. Prior to that, advertisements were screened between programs only.

The Object of the bill states:

“The object of this Act is to prohibit

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Bill to Ban Ads Interrupting Programs on SBS-TV

Today the leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Lyn Allison, announced that tomorrow she will introduce a private members bill that would prohibit SBS from interrupting television programs for advertisements. If her bill became law, SBS-TV would be allowed to carry limited advertising between programs only.

It is understood that the intention of her private members bill is to prohibit the interruption of programming on SBS television by restricting advertising to the period between the completion of one program and the commencement of another program.

Prior to the November 2007 federal elections, the ALP stated that, consistent with

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Backlash against advertising on SBS by Darce Cassidy

Both in Canada and Australia anger is mounting against what many see as the destruction of public broadcasting.

In Australia more than 7,000 people have signed a petition at www.SaveOurSBS.org calling for a ban on interrupting programs with advertisements. In Canada a Senate inquiry has recommended a ban on advertising on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and a significant increase in the national broadcaster’s budget.

Senator Lyn Allison

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