The ACMA

Television

TV content regulation

Sport (anti-siphoning)

Under the current anti-siphoning scheme:

  • free-to-air TV broadcasters are not permitted to premiere events on the anti-siphoning list on their digital multi-channels.

  • listed events may be simulcast or repeated on the free-to-air TV broadcaster’s digital multi-channels, but cannot be shown first on the digital multi-channel.

  • subscription television broadcasters are prohibited from acquiring the right to televise an event on the anti-siphoning list, unless:

    • national or commercial television broadcasters have not obtained these rights by 12 weeks before the start of the event
    • the rights are held by commercial television licensees who have the right to televise the event to more than 50 per cent of the Australian population
    • the rights are held by either the ABC or SBS

The Minister for Communications determines the anti-siphoning list.

The anti-siphoning scheme does not:

  • reserve the broadcast rights to listed events solely for free-to-air broadcasters

  • oblige free-to-air broadcasters to buy the rights to events on the list

  • guarantee free-to-air broadcasters exclusive rights to events on the list

  • compel free-to-air broadcasters that acquire the rights to listed events to broadcast the events live, in full or at all.

The ACMA has general monitoring, compliance and investigation functions for the anti-siphoning scheme under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.

Compliance with the anti-siphoning provisions is a licence condition on subscription TV and commercial TV licensees. Complaints about compliance can be made directly to the ACMA.

Complaints and enquiries can be sent to: info@acma.gov.au.

Last updated: 09 October 2015

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