Oz nets must up local fare

Webs may be forced to air more adult dramas, docus

SYDNEY– The Australian commercial TV networks have fought off attempts to up the annual quota of locally-produced TV drama but lost their bid to cut the 32 hours of children’s drama per year.

However, the webs may be forced to air more adult dramas from indie producers and more docus under proposals unveiled Thursday by the Australian Broadcasting Authority, which is reviewing content standards.

The Screen Producers Assn. had been lobbying for an increase in the drama quota. The ABA rejected that but its draft amendments would give nets more incentive to commission programs from indies rather than continue to rely on in-house productions. The webs also would be encouraged to air more feature films and miniseries.

The ABA also plans to boost the number of hours of local docus each net must air from 20 to 26. It will finalize its amendments after taking comments from interested parties which must be lodged by Aug. 16.

More TV

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    SAG Awards 2018: Rose Marie, Don Rickles, Adam West Honored During In Memoriam

    SYDNEY– The Australian commercial TV networks have fought off attempts to up the annual quota of locally-produced TV drama but lost their bid to cut the 32 hours of children’s drama per year. However, the webs may be forced to air more adult dramas from indie producers and more docus under proposals unveiled Thursday by […]

  • William H. Macy SAG Awards

    William H. Macy at SAG Awards: 'It's Hard to Be a Man These Days'

    SYDNEY– The Australian commercial TV networks have fought off attempts to up the annual quota of locally-produced TV drama but lost their bid to cut the 32 hours of children’s drama per year. However, the webs may be forced to air more adult dramas from indie producers and more docus under proposals unveiled Thursday by […]

  • Kristen Bell SAG Awards

    Kristen Bell Calls for 'Empathy and Diligence' During SAG Awards Opening Monologue

    SYDNEY– The Australian commercial TV networks have fought off attempts to up the annual quota of locally-produced TV drama but lost their bid to cut the 32 hours of children’s drama per year. However, the webs may be forced to air more adult dramas from indie producers and more docus under proposals unveiled Thursday by […]

  • SAG Awards Winners List

    SAG Awards Winners: Complete List (Updating)

    SYDNEY– The Australian commercial TV networks have fought off attempts to up the annual quota of locally-produced TV drama but lost their bid to cut the 32 hours of children’s drama per year. However, the webs may be forced to air more adult dramas from indie producers and more docus under proposals unveiled Thursday by […]

  • Mo'Nique Calls for Netflix Boycott

    Mo'Nique Calls for Netflix Boycott Amid Pay Disparity Claim

    SYDNEY– The Australian commercial TV networks have fought off attempts to up the annual quota of locally-produced TV drama but lost their bid to cut the 32 hours of children’s drama per year. However, the webs may be forced to air more adult dramas from indie producers and more docus under proposals unveiled Thursday by […]

  • THE RESIDENT: L-R: Manish Dayal, guest

    TV Review: 'The Resident' on Fox

    SYDNEY– The Australian commercial TV networks have fought off attempts to up the annual quota of locally-produced TV drama but lost their bid to cut the 32 hours of children’s drama per year. However, the webs may be forced to air more adult dramas from indie producers and more docus under proposals unveiled Thursday by […]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Jessica Chastain"

    'Saturday Night Live' Parodies Amazon's Search for a Headquarters Home (Watch)

    SYDNEY– The Australian commercial TV networks have fought off attempts to up the annual quota of locally-produced TV drama but lost their bid to cut the 32 hours of children’s drama per year. However, the webs may be forced to air more adult dramas from indie producers and more docus under proposals unveiled Thursday by […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content