TV politics: 2012-2013

In a heady year in Canberra, politics became entertainment, with new genres spiking 47% over a six week period coinciding with a leadership tussle between Labor PMs Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.

The Federal Government announced plans to alter anti-siphoning legislation which failed to materialise.  It halved the licence fees paid by free-to-air television networks, providing a large windfall for their private owners. 

Meanwhile the national broadband network began providing Australians with bigger, faster pipes through which content was delivered. And a political brouhaha erupted over the coverage of live odds on sports broadcasts.

Foxtel offered eight channel high definition coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games to sports subscribers.  Fox Sports, meanwhile, launched FOX FOOTY, a dedicated 24-hour AFL channel in high definition. 

New figures showed the industry was investing a record $700 million in Australian production, employing 6600 and adding $1.6 billion to the economy.

After a successful marathon stint as CEO, Kim Williams departed Foxtel to be replaced by Richard Fruedenstein.

Petra Buchanan announced her departure as ASTRA CEO, and was succeeded by Andrew Maiden.  Six months later eminent business leader Tony Shepherd replaced former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks as ASTRA Chairman.