The Foxtel-BBC deal : implications for Australian television and content

Goldsmith , Ben (2013) The Foxtel-BBC deal : implications for Australian television and content. The Conversation.

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Abstract

The ABC’s 50-year TV partnership with the BBC is at breaking point after a landmark deal between the British broadcaster and pay TV provider Foxtel was announced in April 2013. Under the new deal Foxtel will host a new BBC channel that will screen first-run, “fast-tracked” British programming, meaning ABC viewers will no longer have free-to-air access to popular shows such as Silent Witness and The Thick of It. The deal between Foxtel and the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, has major implications not only for the two partners, but also for the ABC and potentially for Australian screen content.

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ID Code: 61570
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: pay television, public service broadcasting, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, British Broadcasting Corporation, Foxtel
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2013 06:20
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2013 00:22

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