News, Light Entertainment And Sport Dominate Television Production: Abs

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News, light entertainment and sport dominate television production:


News, current affairs, sport and light entertainment and variety programs accounted

for almost three-quarters ($986 million) of total television production costs ($1,366

million) in 2006-07, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of


Television, film and video production activity

At 22,200 hours, sport accounted for the highest number of first release

broadcast hours during 2006-07, followed by news and current affairs (20,600


Feature films accounted for just over two-thirds (67%) of total production

costs ($273 million). 

Post-production businesses

Generated $444 million in income during 2006-07, with more than half of this

from visual editing services (58%).

Employed 2,970 people. More than half (55%) were permanent full-time

employees, and more than two-thirds (69%) were male.

Commercial television broadcasting

Collectively, commercial free-to-air and subscription television broadcasters

generated $6,813 million in income during 2006-07 and employed 10,032


Commercial free-to-air television broadcasters earned the majority of their

income from the sale of air time ($3,611 million); the main source of income

for subscription television broadcasters was subscription fees ($1,975 million). 

More details are available in Television, Film and Video Production and Post-

Production Services, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8679.0) available to download free

Media Note.  

This publication contains information about three distinct topics: 

(1) Television, film and video production activity; 

(2) Film and Video Production and Post-Production services, and 

(3) Commercial television broadcasting.  

Each topic should be reported in isolation.


Media reciuests and interviews

Kate Gilrane (02) 6252 6403; 0447 693 708

Bernie Fitzpatrick (02) 6252 5776; 0419 876 725


Statistical clarification

Sophie Vassiliou (03) 9615 7442; 0409 993 104

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