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Seven CEO Warburton calls for anti-siphoning extension to cover streaming services

Seven West Media chief executive James Warburton. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

James Warburton, the chief executive of Australian free-to-air broadcaster Seven West Media, has called on the newly-elected Australian government to tighten the country’s 'anti-siphoning' laws to stop streaming platforms circumventing them.

The current regulations say that free-to-air broadcasters must get the chance to bid first, ahead of pay-television broadcasters, on rights for certain major sports events. The regulations do not refer to video streaming platforms, creating a loophole that in theory allows them to outbid free-to-air broadcasters for the rights.

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