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References:

[1] Mr Abbott, 'there will be no cuts to the ABC or SBS', SBS World News Australia video, 6/9/13, (Mr Abbott the night before the election) http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/09/06/no-cuts-abc-or-sbs-abbott

[2] The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for Communications, 19/11/14, National Broadcasters to implement efficiency measures, http://www.minister.communications.gov.au/malcolm_turnbull/news/national_broadcasters_to_implement_efficiency_measures#.VILfNskXJZ6

[3] The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for Communications, 19/11/2014, The Future of our Public Broadcasters, http://www.minister.communications.gov.au/malcolm_turnbull/speeches/the_future_of_our_public_broadcasters#.VG6qi8kXJZ4

[4] Senate Select Committee into the Abbott Government’s Budget Cuts, SOSBS, 10/12/14, Impact of budget cuts and increasing advertising on SBS in primetime, upon reading the Charter:- [a] 72.1% & [b] 71.6% - of SBS viewers nationally said, ‘SBS is less faithful to the Charter since it introduced in-program advertising’ (pages 3, 7, 15, 18 - a 2013 study of 2044 viewers; a 2008 study of 1733 viewers). http://www.aph.gov.au/DocumentStore.ashx?id=000b1891-1c2e-4408-ab68-1e0b0947765b&subId=302262

[5] Department of Communications, The ABC and SBS Efficiency Study Report (redacted), April 2014, if advertising is increased “there will be a greater pressure on SBS management to consider the trade-off of delivering on commercial expectations, against delivering those functions described in the SBS Charter” – and – “further changes to advertising content [on SBS] ... risks ... the amount of Charter-related content (for example, Language other than English (LOTE) programming), risks to independence, and the decrease in distinctive content in favour of a broader, more populist schedule.” (pg 85) http://www.minister.communications.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/63570/ABC_and_SBS_efficiency_report_Redacted.pdf

[6] McKinsey & Co, 1999, Public Service Broadcasters Around the World, London, (mimeo) - BBC commissioned study of public service broadcasters in 19 different countries, concluded that an increased dependence on advertising led unavoidably to a more populist and less distinctive schedule.

[7] Dr C Lawe Davies, C 1997, Multicultural Broadcasting in Australia; policies, institutions and programming, 1975-1995, PhD thesis, University of Queensland.

[8] Quentin Dempster, 9/10/14, Politics In The Pub, public talk, YouTube video http://youtu.be/HxHuB_vYqIA

[9] The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for Communications, 19/11/14, National Broadcasters to implement efficiency measures, http://www.minister.communications.gov.au/malcolm_turnbull/news/national_broadcasters_to_implement_efficiency_measures#.VILfNskXJZ6

[10] Hansard Proof, Senate Environment & Communications Legislation Committee, 25/11/14: Senator Urquhart (Labor) asked "if the legislation to increase the amount of ads SBS can show in prime time does not pass the parliament then [would] SBS be asked to find another $28.5 million worth of cuts in the organisation?" Answering for the government, Senator Birmingham (Liberal) said, "... that is a hypothetical question". After further discussion Senator Birmingham did not state that SBS would be required to hand a portion of advertising revenue to government if the bill fails to become law (pg 15 - PDF 19) http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id:"committees/estimate/8064138f-36ef-4588-b531-23ded4cfe308/0000"

[11] Hansard Proof, Senate Select Committee into the Abbott Government's Budget Cuts, 12/12/14: Acting Chair - Senator Ludlam (Greens) asked if SBS would have a budget hole if the bill to increase advertising did not pass the Senate. Answering for SBS, Mr Ebeid (Managing Director) said, "the minister made it very clear that [a reduction of $28.5m] is dependent on [the bill to increase advertising] passing through the Senate" (pg 26 - PDF 30)  http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/committees/commsen/997410cb-4f6f-4745-91d4-ea41b3361293/toc_pdf/Select Committee into the Abbott Government's Budget Cuts_2014_12_12_3139.pdf

[12] Hansard Proof, Senate Environment & Communications Legislation Committee, 25/11/14: Senator Canavan (LNP QLD) asked senior public servants if SBS had wanted to increase advertising “before the Lewis review started” (the 31/1/14 ABC-SBS Efficiency Study). Answering for the Department of Communications, Ms Nerida O'Loughlin (Deputy Secretary,) & Dr Simon Pelling (First Assistant Secretary, Consumer and Content Division) said overtime “yes” and confirmed that SBS had raised increasing ads before the Lewis review (pg 12 - PDF 16) http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id:"committees/estimate/8064138f-36ef-4588-b531-23ded4cfe308/0000"

[13] Senate Select Committee into the Abbott Government’s Budget Cuts, Free TV Australia, 8/12/2014, Special Inquiry into the ABC and SBS Budget cuts, (pg 2 - PDF 3) http://www.aph.gov.au/DocumentStore.ashx?id=9053419e-0475-47ea-b78e-fdeace0b6933&subId=302161

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