TV quotas: the government pretends to listen for one last time

Fake regulations, or an act of mercy to beleaguered broadcasters – either way, the game is over, for now.

This is a legal requirement because the quota system is governed by regulation and not directly by parliament. But the government needs the regulations in place by 1 January 2021. That is because the current system is suspended until that date, ostensibly because of COVID. 

If they don’t make the magic New Year’s Day, some other interim arrangement will have to be put in place and everyone wants to go to the beach. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.