Following the much-applauded announcement of Australian Conservatives' national broadcaster policy Senator Cory Bernardi has highlighted critical issues with the existing national broadcaster structure, particularly with regards to the significant and negative impact on fairness in the Australian media market.
"What we're investigating is why should the Government be subsidising (The ABC/SBS) to the tune of $1.5 billion a year of borrowed money?" Senator Bernardi asked 639ABC earlier today, continuing to point out that the increasing abandonment of regional and rural relevance by the ABC and SBS further supports a critical need for reform.
"We need a competetive and diverse media market and quite frankly, ABC and SBS is simply too big" said Mr Bernardi, "if the ABC is moving into a market and it doesn't have any commercial pressures applied to it... It means that it reduces the potential for the diversity in our media market, because other operators will not be able to profit."
"We need to make sure our media market is as diverse possible and that the ABC is not crowding out others."
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