Keeping Sport Free and Local TV Prominent

  • Labor will review the anti-siphoning regime and list as a matter of priority to maintain free access to events of national significance, including sports.

  • Labor will also legislate a prominence regime to ensure our local TV services are available and easy to find on connected TV platforms, like smart TVs.

Why is this needed?

Millions of Australians rely on local TV for free Australian content, sports, news and emergency broadcasting.

Free-to-air television unites all Australians, broadcasting moments of national and cultural significance for free.

The media sector is evolving rapidly and Australia’s media’s laws are out of step. The Morrison Government has failed to update analog-era broadcasting legislation for the digital age.

The anti-siphoning scheme and list facilitate access to iconic sporting events, live and free, for all Australians to enjoy – but hasn’t been updated for the era of streaming services.

Australians enjoy more content choices than ever before – and it’s important to our nation and culture that Australian TV services remain available and easy to find on connected TV platforms, like smart TVs.

Cost of living pressures mean that many Australian households rely on free TV services, and too many Australians remain in the digital divide without access to reliable broadband.

For the health of our nation, culture, local industry and the Australian people, it is important that we maintain access to the free local TV services and events that unite us.

The details

An Albanese Labor Government will, as a matter of priority:

  • review the anti-siphoning scheme and list to support free access to events of national significance.

  • legislate a prominence regime to ensure audiences can easily find Australian services on connected TV platforms, like smart TVs.

Labor’s processes will be prioritised and consultative, principles-based and evidence-informed and provide all relevant stakeholders, including media and sports, to share their views.

Labor believes all Australians should have a sporting chance of enjoying iconic sporting events live and free, rather than behind the paywalls of multinational streaming companies. 

Labor also wants to ensure our local TV services, which broadcast the Australian content, news and emergency broadcasting Australians rely on, are easy to find on connected TV platforms, like smart TVs.

You can’t be what you can’t see, and Labor will act to ensure Australians can find local TV services easily and that iconic sporting events remain free for everyone.