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How the ABC should respond

Professor Stephen King argues in The Conversation (27.11.14) that ‘Rather than cutting back its unique services, the ABC needs to emphasise its uniqueness. The ABC needs to push for competitive reform of Australia’s free-to-air television broadcasting system so it can differentiate itself and its obligations.

‘The commercial broadcasters will oppose reform. These broadcasters do not like sharing various public service obligations with the ABC. But they like competition even less. Real reform of free-to-air broadcasting will open up the spectrum to competition and create a lasting role for the ABC.’

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