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Notice given 19 October 2012

2386  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—

(1) In regard to the transition of National Indigenous Television (NITV) into the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), will NITV staff be paid at the same rate as SBS staff when the transition and probationary period is complete.

(2) How is SBS applying recent funding increases to equipment upgrades and increases in staffing levels in radio or operations areas.

(3) How many full-time equivalent staff are employed by SBS compared to casual or part-time staff.

(4) Has SBS introduced full in-program advertising breaks to programs on the SBS On Demand internet service.

(5) Was the On Demand service previously operating with a single advertisement before each program, and with no advertisements during the program.

(6) Did SBS make a public statement that it intended to insert advertising breaks into internet television programs.

(7) Do advertisers pay a smaller amount or nil payment for ‘play only’ advertisements, and a higher amount for each ‘click on the advertisement’ advertisement.

(8) How is the On Demand advertiser rate card calculated and what does SBS charge.

(9) Will SBS re-introduce the ‘skip advert’ button that was removed from the On Demand player.

(10) What percentage of total revenue does SBS expect to generate from forcing advertisement breaks into the On Demand service.

(11) In the 2011-12 financial year: (a) of the $46 million that was revenue generated from advertisements on SBS television, as articulated during the 2012-13 Budget estimates hearing of the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee, what percentage of advertisements were positioned between programs only; and (b) how much did SBS spend on local Australian television production and the commissioning of such programs.

(12) Did SBS lawyers check and approve ‘The Last Frontier’ program before it was aired.

(13) What interaction did management have with the SBS Ombudsman on ‘The Last Frontier’ matter.

(14) Is it usual for a utility to go directly to the head of SBS with a grievance and to lobby for an apology.

(15) What time frame does the SBS Ombudsman usually have to decide on such matters and how does that compare with the decision on ‘The Last Frontier’.

(16) Does Hydro Tasmania advertise on SBS; if so, what revenue does SBS generate from this.

(17) Did the SBS Ombudsman consult with others to provide a right-of-reply in relation to the Hydro Tasmania complaint.

(18) Will Dateline make available on its website the full interviews with Hydro Tasmania and the Sarawak companies, to enable viewers to be fully informed and make independent decisions in relation to the story.