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Tuesday, 29 March 1966

Mr HULME - It has been customary for home-and-home matches to be televised in Melbourne, but as yet no arrangements have been made about these matches for the forthcoming season. As I understand the situation, last year each of the four television stations in Melbourne - three commercial and one operated by the Australian Broadcasting Commission - agreed to pay £150 a match to the Victorian Football League for television rights. I believe that this year the League is requesting a payment of £600, regardless of the number of stations that use the programme. If, for instance, two of the commercial stations said they did not want to show a particular match, each of the other two would have to pay £300 instead of the £150 that they now pay. I understand also that negotiations are contemplated for the following year and that there will be a request for an increase of Hi per cent, over the fee that was paid last year and the amount of £600 in total per day that the League is seeking for the current year.

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