Does full service, free-to-air television in Australia have a future?

The full service model – one that includes news, current affairs, sport and entertainment – of Australian broadcast television is in danger of going the same way as full-service airlines.

Out the hotel window in Istanbul, the minarets of the Blue Mosque were visible over the roof tops and, on TV, a choice of 600 channels awaited me.

Yet, not one of those channels resembled the full service, free-to-air model of broadcast television that has entertained, educated, even edified Australian viewers for nigh on 60 years.


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