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free-to-air Television

Estimated operating cost structures for free-to-air television services, 1994/95 and 2005/06

The entire television industry spent an estimated $4,138 million dollars, excluding interest charges, during the 2005/06 financial year. Revenue-related advertising costs include agency commissions, other sales commissions and licence fees. The two largest other cost categories are programming and employees.

Operating costs

1994/95

2005/06

 

 

Graph: Estimated operating costs per television service, 1994-95. The table following provides the data.
Graph: Estimated operating costs per television service, 2005/06. The table following provides the data.
  Revenue-related costs ($m)1 Other costs
($m)2
Total costs
($m)
% change
94/95 05/06 94/95 05/06 94/95 05/06
Commercial stations 356 608 1,510 2,761 1,866 3,369 81%
Seven Network & affiliates 107 203 522 1,045 629 1,248 98%
Nine Network & affiliates 142 219 599 1,054 741 1,273 72%
Ten Network & affiliates 96 176 336 607 432 783 81%
Unaffiliated regionals 11 10 53 55 64 65 2%
Non-commercial stations 1 5 405 764 406 769 89%
ABC3 (estimates) 0 0 343 577 343 577 68%
SBS3 (estimates) 1 5 62 187 63 192 203%
Total all stations 357 613 1,915 3,525 2,272 4,138 82%

Source: Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA, formerly the Australian Broadcasting Authority), Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Special Broadcasting Service Corporation, Global Media Analysis estimates.

Notes:
1. Includes agency commissions, other sales commissions and licence fees.
2. Excludes interest expenses.
3. Television operations only.

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