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Notice given 23 August 2011

1022  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—

(1) Will the Australian Government require Sky News to reveal:

(a) the details of the nature and extent of its discussions with Chinese state network China Central Television (CCTV) in relation to the agreement the two broadcasters signed on 17 August 2011; and

(b) what assurances of coverage, access and freedom of the press in China has CCTV given Sky News.

(2) To what extent will the Government take into account the agreement and discussions between Sky News and CCTV in relation to the Sky News bid for the Australia Network tender.

(3) What commitments have or have not been given by Sky News about its access and expansion into the Chinese market in relation to its bid for the Australia Network.