Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says the government’s proposed prominence framework which will make manufacturers of smart TVs put free-to-air TV stations like the ABC and SBS on first isn’t about “controlling what people watch”.
Free TV streaming apps like the ABC’s iView could be locked in first ahead of other competitors and search results may also be changed to ensure their shows are displayed first.
Screen Australia shows free-to-air spent $121 million less than Foxtel last year.
“We welcome every dollar that is spent on Australian drama and Australian content and Foxtel plays an important role,” Mr Albanese told Sky News Australia.
“We were elected saying that we would look at the prominence framework.
“It is appropriate that people be able to access free-to-air TV and we are examining that and we will consult and we will respond appropriately.
“This isn’t about controlling what people can watch; this is simply about making sure that people can get access.”
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