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Wednesday, 3 December 2003
Page: 23749


Mr Organ asked the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, upon notice, on 10 September 2003:

Can the Minister provide details of payments to the ABC by the Audio Visual Copyright Society (Screenrights) over the last three financial years for (a) schools programs, (b) other educational programs, and (c) the program Behind the News.


Mr Williams (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The ABC has provided the following information:

It is not possible to provide this information in the direct form sought. Revenue collected by the Audio Visual Copyright Society (Screenrights) is paid to the ABC each year as a lump sum and consists of royalties identified as being owed to the ABC for programs broadcast on television in preceding years. As annual revenue received can not be accurately accounted for on a program or genre basis, such as education, the ABC disburses the pool of funds back to program areas based on an internal assessment of copyright usage across programs. Analysis indicates approximately 95 percent of schools program royalties are received by the ABC from Screenrights in the first year following a program's broadcast.

The details of disbursements for educational programming for the past 3 years are:

2002 Distribution Pool (revenue from 2001/02 programs received by the ABC in 2002/03)

a) Schools programs (inclusive of BTN)

$930,878

b) Other educational programs (eg., Adult Education)

$163,600

c) BTN (incl BTN specials)

$296,873

Br2001 Distribution Pool (revenue from 2000/01 programs received by the ABC in 2001/02)

a) Schools programs (inclusive of BTN)

$1,305,309

b) Other educational programs (eg., Adult Education)

$ 63,801

c) BTN (incl BTN specials)

$ 314,452

2000 Distribution Pool (revenue from 1999/00 programs received by the ABC in 2000/01)

a) Schools programs (inclusive of BTN)

$815,184

b) Other educational programs (eg., Adult Education)

$ 60,604

c) BTN (incl BTN specials)

$286,537

It should be noted that the distribution of the pool is variable, based on the relative proportion of ABC content copied from year to year.