Thursday, 7 December 2017
Questions without Notice
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Special Broadcasting Service
Likewise, the SBS is funded on a triennial basis. Colleagues would also be aware that, unlike the ABC, the SBS does secure revenue through advertising. There are restrictions on the advertising that the SBS can conduct and, therefore, the revenue that they can receive. Colleagues would also be well aware that the chief opponents of the SBS seeking further commercial advertising revenue are, in fact, the commercial free-to-air broadcasters, for, I guess, what might well be self-evident reasons. But the situation of the SBS funding is the same as that for the ABC. It was outlined on a triennial basis in the budget, and that was not altered in the last budget.
The PRESIDENT: Senator Urquhart, a final supplementary question?