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Proportion of spending on Australian and imported programs, drama and other, by commercial free-to-air services in Australia, 1990/91–2008/09


2000/01–2008/09

  Proportion of program expenditure (%)
00/01 01/02 02/03 03/04 04/05 05/06 06/07 07/08 08/09
Imported programs
Drama 27% 25% 27% 23% 28% 27% 32% 29% 29%
All other programs 2% 4% 3% 10% 2% 2% 2% 1% 2%
Total imported 29% 30% 30% 33% 30% 29% 34% 30% 31%
Australian programs
Drama (incl. children’s) 12% 13% 14% 12% 11% 12% 9% 10% 10%
All other programs 59% 57% 56% 55% 59% 60% 57% 60% 58%
Total Australian 71% 70% 70% 67% 70% 71% 66% 70% 69%
  Proportion of program expenditure (%)
00/01 01/02 02/03 03/04 04/05 05/06 06/07 07/08 08/09
Australian programs other than drama
News & current affairs 16% 17% 16% 12% 14% 14% 14% 9% 8%
Sport 26% 23% 23% 20% 22% 21% 16% 23% 24%
Documentaries  <1% <1% <1% <1% <1% 1% 1% 1% 2%
Variety 4% 5% 5% 7% 8% 11% 14% 13% 13%
Other light ent. 10% 10% 10% 14% 12% 11% 10% 12% 10%
Non-drama children’s 1% <1% <1% <1% <1% <1% 1% 1% 1%
Other programs 1% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2%

Source: Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) (formerly the Australian Broadcasting Authority), Broadcasting Financial Results.

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.

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1990/91–1999/00

  Proportion of program expenditure (%)
90/91 91/92 92/93 93/94 94/95 95/96 96/97 97/98 98/99 99/00
Imported programs
Drama 29% 25% 24% 25% 27% 25% 26% 27% 30% 29%
All other programs 4% 3% 3% 4% 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2%
Total imported 33% 28% 26% 28% 30% 28% 28% 29% 33% 31%
Australian programs
Drama (incl. children’s) 18% 16% 13% 12% 11% 12% 11% 12% 14% 11%
All other programs 49% 56% 61% 60% 59% 60% 61% 59% 53% 58%
Total Australian 67% 72% 74% 72% 70% 72% 72% 71% 67% 69%
  Proportion of program expenditure (%)
90/91 91/92 92/93 93/94 94/95 95/96 96/97 97/98 98/99 99/00
Australian programs other than drama
News & current affairs 17% 22% 22% 24% 21% 20% 20% 20% 17% 18%
Sport 15% 17% 21% 16% 17% 18% 20% 19% 20% 22%
Documentaries  n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. 1% 1% 1% 1%
Variety 5% 5% 5% 6% 5% 7% 8% 6% 5% 6%
Other light ent. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. 10% 10% 8% 8%
Non-drama children’s 2% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Other programs 2% 3% 3% 4% 3% 3% 1% 2% 1% 3%

Source: Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA), Broadcasting Financial Results.

Notes:
Details of expenditure on documentaries and light entertainment other than variety programs are not available before 1996/97.

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