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Addition of 2010 Soccer World Cup to the anti-siphoning list.



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Senator the Hon Helen Coonan Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Media Release

018/05 9 March 2005

Addition of 2010 Soccer World Cup to the anti-siphoning list

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, today announced that the Government would add the 2010 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup to the list of events protected under the anti-siphoning provisions of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.

“I am advised that FIFA is expected to publish an invitation to tender for the Asian and Oceanic broadcast rights for the 2010 World Cup later this year,” said Senator Coonan.

“The Government acknowledges that there have been calls from Australian soccer fans for the inclusion of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on the anti-siphoning list. We have considered the issue again and we have decided that it would be appropriate to include the event on the list.

“The listing of this event ensures that Australia’s free-to-air broadcasters will have an opportunity to acquire broadcast rights.”

The anti-siphoning scheme is designed to ensure that events of national significance and cultural importance which have traditionally been available on free-to-air television, will continue to be available for free-to-air broadcasters to acquire.

“The inclusion of an event on the list does not guarantee that it will necessarily be broadcast free-to-air and certainly does not mean it will be broadcast live or in full,” Senator Coonan said.

“Nevertheless, the addition of the 2010 World Cup gives Australian audiences the best chance to see one of the world’s most popular sporting events on free-to-air television.

“I am sure that the decision to include the 2010 World Cup on the anti-siphoning list is something all Australian soccer fans will welcome.

“The Government will continue to monitor the operation of the anti-siphoning list to ensure it properly reflects the attitudes of Australians and the commercial realities of the sporting and broadcasting sectors.”

For further information about Australian Government’s anti-siphoning scheme, visit http://www.dcita.gov.au/broad/television/anti-siphoning_and_anti-hoarding

Media Contact: Jane McMillan 0438 690 305