Government Hands Foxtel $10M To Boost Women’s Sport On TV, But Not Everyone’s Happy

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 14: A general view during the round 2 AFLW match between the the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne Demons at Whitten Oval on February 14, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images via AFL Photos)

The Government has announced it will extend funding to support the continued coverage of women’s, niche and other under-represented sports.

The $10 million provided to Foxtel in additional funding over two-years, announced Wednesday by Minister for Communication Paul Fletcher, comes at a crucial time for women’s and under-represented sports as they navigate the impact of COVID-19 and look toward competition restarts.

Foxtel Group Chief Executive Officer Patrick Delany said: “This funding consolidates a longterm program of support for under-represented sport which has been a game-changer for women’s sport in Australia.

“In a world where sports media is a source of inspiration and excitement for people of every age group, continuing coverage of under-represented sports has a vital role to play in increasing participation at the grass-roots level and creating new opportunities for Australia’s incredibly talented female and male athletes.

“Right now, as these codes look to competition restarts following the challenges of COVID19, the Commonwealth Government’s support has never been more important.”

However, not everyone’s happy with the $10 million splash. Labor MP Brian Mitchell claimed it was “rubbing the ABC’s face in it”.

His comments follow the Coalition’s $84m budget cut last month. 



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