Australia - Free-to-Air TV - Broadcasters

Synopsis

The Free-to-Air broadcast market in Australia is now fully digital, following analogue switch-over in December 2013. The digital conversion process had started in 2001. FTA broadcasters now have the ability to broadcast several channels where there had only been sufficient spectrum for a single analogue channel. The market is being challenged by the migration away from FTA viewing, which had declined to about 88% of households by early 2015. In addition, the launch of SVoD services from Presto, Stan and Netflix will place increasing pressure on broadcasters’ market share of viewing. These services answer growing consumer preference for viewing content on-demand rather than by schedule.

The government in early 2015 put in train plans to reform media laws which could reshape the ownership of some regional broadcasters. The proposed reforms would overturn limitations on broadcasters’ population reach enforced from a pre-internet era, as well as alter existing rules which prevent media companies from operating in more than two platforms (printed media, FTA TV and radio) in any one market.

This report provides an extensive overview of Australia’s FTA broadcasting market. The report reviews all the major commercial and public broadcasters – Nine Network, Seven Network, Network Ten, ABC, SBS, and the regional players. It also provides an overview of community and indigenous broadcasting.

Key developments:

Commercial FTA broadcasting and additional digital TV channels released; digital TV, broadcasting funding updates; improved catch-up TV services for mobile devices, tablets and computers; revenue updates for commercial broadcasters; Ten network lays off staff and cancels programs due to poor financial results; SVoD services launched on the Australian market; report update includes operator financial and operating data for H12015.

Companies covered in this report include:

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), Seven, Nine Entertainment, TEN, Southern Cross, Prime Media, NBN, WIN, Indigenous Broadcasting, Southern Cross Austereo, Imparja, Community Broadcasters.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Broadcasting market
    • 2.1 Overview
    • 2.2 Commercial television broadcasting licences
    • 2.3 Permanent licence fee reductions
    • 2.4 Regional licence area plans
    • 2.5 Television aggregation
    • 2.6 Regulatory changes
  • 3. National public broadcasters
    • 3.1 Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
      • 3.1.1 Overview
      • 3.1.2 ABC divisions
    • 3.2 Special Broadcasting Services (SBS)
      • 3.2.1 Overview
      • 3.2.2 Transmission coverage
      • 3.2.3 SBS Radio
      • 3.2.4 Revenue
  • 4. National commercial networks
    • 4.1 Nine Entertainment Co
      • 4.1.1 Overview
      • 4.1.2 Revenue statistical overview
    • 4.2 Seven Network Limited (Seven)
      • 4.2.1 Overview
      • 4.2.2 Revenue statistical overview
    • 4.3 Ten Network Holdings Limited (Ten Holdings)
      • 4.3.1 Company operations and overview
      • 4.3.2 Revenue statistical overview
  • 5. Major players in regional broadcasting
    • 5.1 NBN Television (NBN)
    • 5.2 PRIME Television Limited (PRIME)
      • 5.2.1 Company operations overview
      • 5.2.2 Revenue and non-core operations
    • 5.3 Southern Cross Media Group Limited (SCMGL)
      • 5.3.1 Company operations overview
      • 5.3.2 Revenue overview
    • 5.4 WIN Television
  • 6. Community television broadcasting services
    • 6.1 Overview
    • 6.2 Community TV digital only
  • 7. Indigenous broadcasters
    • 7.1 Indigenous Broadcasting Program (IBP)
    • 7.2 Imparja Television
    • 7.3 National Indigenous Television Service (NITV)
    • 7.4 PAW Media and Communications
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Number of television and radio licences on issue – 2011 - 2014
  • Table 2 – SBS key financial performance results – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 3 – SBS revenue share by operation – 2013/14
  • Table 4 – Nine Entertainment pro forma key financial performance results – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 5 – Nine Entertainment revenue by business unit – 2013 - 2014
  • Table 6 – Seven West key financial performance results overview –2012 - 2015
  • Table 7 – Seven West revenue by division –2012 - 2015
  • Table 8 – Ten key financial performance results overview – 2013 - 2014
  • Table 9 – PRIME key financial performance parameters overview – 2009 - 2015
  • Exhibit 1 – Listing of major commercial television licences by Network ID and affiliation
  • Exhibit 2 – Nine Network coverage
  • Exhibit 3 – Ten Holdings at a glance – 2014
  • Exhibit 4 – Background information on PRIME and its former radio division
  • Exhibit 5 – Background information on PRIME New Zealand
  • Exhibit 6 – Brief background history on Southern Cross Broadcasting
  • Exhibit 7 – Digital community television licences – 2010 - 2015
  • Exhibit 8 – Background information on community television licences

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Last updated 19 Mar 2015
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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