Why do we need to update the Broadcasting Services Act?

Answer

The Broadcasting Services Act was passed in 1992 and was designed for a world that simply no longer exists. Back then we had only a few local TV and radio stations and small newspapers servicing each major region.

Today, every internet news service, the big city TV and radio networks, pay TV and countless other services stream their content into our markets. However, only the regional broadcasters are subjected to restrictions about what can be broadcast in regional areas. The rest do so unrestricted and without paying a licence fee.