The Australian Film Commission has welcomed the draft Australian Content Standard for Free-to-Air Television, released yesterday by the Australian Broadcasting Authority.
"The ABA has proposed amendments which address a range of concerns expressed by the various sectors of the television industry," said AFC Chief Executive, Kim Dalton.
These include issues concerning the importance of children's television and the need to encourage diversity in the areas of adult drama and documentary programming.
"In its proposed amendments to the Standard, the ABA has engaged with a wide range of important issues. The AFC particularly welcomes the ABA's acknowledgement of the interconnectedness of a viable, independent production sector to the operation of the Australian Content Standard. The importance of content regulation to the development of the screen production industry cannot be overestimated. It not only creates the opportunities for production, and assists with the development of skills and the support of infrastructure, it also creates a growing and increasingly strong domestic television market. The AFC considers this to be fundamental to the effective operation of the Standard," Dalton said.