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Tuesday, 17 November 1964


Senator ANDERSON - The PostmasterGeneral has supplied the following answer - 1, 2 and 3. The amount of £11,059,625 appearing in the sixteenth annual report of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board as representing the gross earnings of commercial television stations from the televising of advertisements or other matter is, as is noted in the report, extracted from accounts submitted by the licensees of commercial television stations in accordance with the provisions of section 106 of the Broadcasting and Television Act 1942-1964. There is no statutory requirement for a licensee to submit a detailed breakdown of its income for different types of advertising and this information is not available to the Board. I would be reluctant to suggest to the Board that the stations be approached to supply this information which may not be available in collated form and may be obtainable only after the expenditure of considerable time and effort. (Question No. 342.)


Senator COHEN asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   In each week since Austarama Television Ply. Ltd. - Channel O, Melbourne - commenced service on 1st August 1964; (a) what programmes of Australian origin have been presented by the licensee; (b) what time has been devoted to such programmes; (c) what percentage of the Channel's total time has been devoted to such programmes; (d) what time has been devoted to Australian drama and what time to each of the other programme categories adopted by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board; (e) what percentage of the total time devoted to drama was represented by Australian drama; and (f) which of these programmes were produced in British Commonwealth countries other than Australia, and how much and what percentage of the time in each week was taken up by such programmes?

2.   What time and percentage of the total viewing time during the period 1st August 1964, to 31st October 1964, was taken up by Australian programmes?


Senator ANDERSON - The PostmasterGeneral has supplied the following answers - 1 (a). From 1st August 1964, to 31st October 1964, the following programmes of Australian origin have been telecast by station A TV Melbourne on a regular weekly basis: - five children's programmes; five kindergarten programmes; fourteen news programmes; three current affairs programmes; one light music ' programme; and one variety programme. In addition, since the commencement of service, five outside broadcasts of public and sporting events have been conducted.

(b)   Programmes of Australian origin telecast by ATV since its commencement have averaged approximately 23 hours per week.

(c)   39.4 per cent. of the total transmitting time of station ATV since its commencement has been occupied by programmes of Australian origin.

(d)   No drama programmes of Australian origin have been telecast by station ATV since its commencement of service. Australian programmes telecast by ATV were in the categories of news, 71 hours 50 minutes; family- children 78 hours; family - living and shopping, 3 hours; sport, 67 hours 15 minutes; current affairs, 27 hours; light entertainment, 33 hours; and education - kindergarten, 20 hours.

(e)   See answer to (d). (0 A weekly average of 1 hour 14 minutes or approximately 2 per cent. of ATV programmes has been of British Commonwealth origin. One half of this receives credit as if of Australian origin, and added to (he figure of 39.4 per cent. provided in 1 (c). above, produces an overall Australian content figure of 40.4 per cent.

2.   During the period 1st August to 31st October 1964, station ATV transmitted for 7624 hours, of which 300 hours or 39.4 per cent. was occupied by programmes of Australian origin - excluding 16 hours of programmes produced in the British Commonwealth.







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