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free-to-air Television

Estimated revenues from various sources for free-to-air television services, 1994/95 and 2005/06

Advertising is the main source of revenue for the commercial stations, while direct government appropriations are the main source of revenue for both the ABC and SBS.

In the financial year ending 30 June 2006, industry revenues totalled an estimated $4,767 million, which represented a 72 per cent increase over an 11-year period.

Estimated revenues

1994/95

2005/06

 

 

Graph: Estimated revenues per television service, 1994-95. The table following provides the data.
Graph: Estimated revenues per television service, 2005/06. The table following provides the data.
  Advertising revenue ($m)1 Government funding ($m) Other revenue
($m)
Total revenue
($m)
% change
94/95 05/06 94/95 05/06 94/95 05/06 94/95 05/06
Total all stations 2,142 3,600 341 583 291 584 2,774 4,767 72%
Commercial
stations
2,128 3,553 0 0 227 437 2,355 3,990 69%
Seven Network2 684 1,196 0 0 43 10 727 1,297 78%
Nine Network2 838 1,283 0 0 117 187 955 1,470 54%
Ten Network2 537 1,006 0 0 60 143 597 1,149 93%
Unaffiliated regionals 69 68 0 0 7 6 76 74 -3%
Non-commercial
stations
14 47 341 583 64 147 419 777 86%
ABC3 (estimates) 0 0 287 449 59 133 346 582 68%
SBS3 (estimates) 14 47 54 134 5 14 73 195 167%

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. From ACMA; not directly comparable to Commercial Economic Advisory Service of Australia (CEASA) figures in the Archive: Free-to-air industry: Advertising revenue table as accruals and contra revenue are treated differently.
2. Includes affiliates.
3. Television operations only.

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