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Federal government floats Pacific scheme for commercial TV networks

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The Prime Minister has proposed a new Pacific broadcasting initiative to provide commercial Australian TV content to the region, an idea that may hit a legislative snag.

On Thursday, the government detailed plans to beef up relations with the region which included working “with our commercial media operators to ensure the Pacific can connect to quality Australian media content.”

The ABC currently broadcasts to the Pacific region through ABC Australia

The government’s proposal seems at odds with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation act, which states the “corporation or prescribed companies to be the only providers of Commonwealth‑funded international broadcasting services”

Currently the national broadcaster provides services through partners via its ABC Australia network. The feed includes some commercial TV content including live AFL games provided by Seven.

Following the 2017-18 budget, the Federal government came under........

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