Free TV has claimed media reports suggesting that the minister for communications struck a deal to allow betting companies to promote live odds are wide of the mark.
In a statement released this morning, Free TV said that claims in today’s Sydney Morning Herald and the Age that Stephen Conroy brokered a deal with the television industry to allow betting companies to continue spruiking live odds are incorrect.
It argued that the draft Code was developed by Free TV, “and reflects the position of its members, not the government”, adding that the Code has been put out for public consultation and Free TV has received more than 200 submissions.
“The Code is being prepared for submission to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in line with the requirements of the co-regulatory scheme. The ACMA will determine if the codes meet community standards before agreeing to register them. Through this process, the ACMA will have regard to community views and the submissions received by Free TV,” said the industry body, adding the quote attributed to Free TV CEO Julie Flynn was made in the context of a detailed discussion of the process involved in developing the code.
Free TV added the Code grew out of a decision by the COAG Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform to "reduce and control" the promotion of live odds, and the Minister for Communications and his department developed the principles which the broadcasting codes would need to apply to implement the COAG decision.