Press release from Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Econony, Senator Stephen Conroy

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today published more than 300 public submissions on the future of the sports anti-siphoning scheme.

"Australians are enthusiastic about sport on television and this is reflected in the strong public response to this consultation," Senator Conroy said.

"The submissions will help the Government form its views as it considers the issues relevant to the future operation of the anti-siphoning scheme."

In August 2009, the Government announced a public consultation with the release of the discussion paper, Sport on Television: A review of the anti-siphoning scheme in the contemporary digital environment. Submissions to the review closed on 16 October 2009.

"The anti-siphoning scheme was introduced in 1994 to ensure that events of national importance and cultural significance were made freely available to the Australian public, and the Government remains committed to that objective," Senator Conroy said.

"The scope and nature of television broadcasting in Australia has changed since the introduction of this scheme and this review will consider its future operation in the emerging media environment."

More information and the submissions are available online:
www.dbcde.gov.au/sportontvreview

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