‘Cheap’ Kiwi TV steals Aussie quota

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Half of Australian TV network Nine’s “Australian” drama is from New Zealand with the network taking advantage of loopholes in the rules governing local content.

A new report by Australian media watchdog the ACMA, and detailed on Aussie website Mumbrella, has Australian production companies hopping mad.

It shows last year 51% of Nine’s content came from NZ compared with just 7% for Seven Network and 4% for Network Ten.

Under trade treaties between NZ and Australia, television programmes from NZ may be claimed as “local content” for the purposes of meeting Australian commercial television content obligations.

Read the full Mumbrella report here. 

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