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SBS funding and Corporate Plan

QUESTION NO. 356

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, upon notice, on 13 December 2010.

With reference to the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and, in particular, p. 13 of the SBS Corporate Plan 2010-2013 (the Corporate Plan):

(1) What are the brief definitions of ‘government base funding' and ‘government appropriation' for SBS.

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SBS Advertising and sponsorship breakdown

Answers to Senate Estimates Questions on Notice - Supplementary Estimates Hearings October 2010
Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Portfolio
Special Broadcasting Service Corporation

Senator Ludlam asked:

Can you disaggregate the advertising and sponsorship breakdown? For example, can you tell us the forecast figures for revenue from television-only advertising for those forward estimates?

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SBS subtitling

Senator Ludlam (Western Australia) asked the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, upon notice, on 2 July 2010:

(1) Which positions are being made redundant in the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) subtitling and news and current affairs areas.

(2) What are the reasons for these cuts.

(3) Will these cuts make a difference to the quality of SBS's news and current affairs coverage; if so, how.

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Advertising on SBS

Special Broadcasting Service Corporation
Tuesday 19 October 2010

Senator LUDLAM-You mentioned the SBS corporate plan 2010 to 2013 in your opening statement. I want to ask some questions about that, particularly the forecast revenue and expenditure figures on page 13 of the PDF. The government appropriations, 2010 to 2014-15, I have not had time to cross-reference this against your annual report or your budget portfolio statement, but are they the same as in the budget forecast? Is there any reason we would expect them to be different?

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SBS Online streaming service and audience share

Senator Ludlam asked:

Can you provide some sense of audience share, the break-up between your online audience of people who are not browsing but actually watching one of your titles as opposed to those watching on TV?

Answer:

SBS's online video viewers (unique browsers who watch a video) currently number around 342,000 browsers, approximately a third of SBS's overall online audience of 1,086,000 unique browsers (April 2010). Total number of online video views for April 2010 was 2,503,000. (Nielsen NetRatings SiteCensus.)

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SBS online streaming service - an equivalent of iView on the cards?

Senator Ludlam asked:

Can you provide us with an update of your online streaming service, particularly now ABC has begun captioning its iView service? Does SBS have similar intentions and how broad they are?

Answer:

SBS is currently providing about 80 per cent of its prime-time television programming (full program versions) online each week, subject to rights clearance. The SBS website also carries short form video content produced by SBS's news and current affairs and sport staff.

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Please explain: does SBS plan to slash newsroom staff?

The Australian Greens are calling on SBS management to explain whether it is planning to slash newsroom staff at a time when the Special Broadcaster is expanding and increasing its revenue base from advertising and marketing activities.

"There are rumours that the 6.30 TV News bulletin is going to cut back to half an hour, and editors may be losing their jobs once digitisation is introduced," said Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

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