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News dominates TV while game developers go mobile
News and current affairs programs made up 36,500 hours of commercial TV programming last year, a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows.
"Nearly half the commercial TV content made in Australia during 2011-12 was news and current affairs programming," says William Milne, Director of Integrated Collections at the ABS, "that's out of the nearly 79,000 hours produced during the year."
"Perhaps not coincidentally, news and current affairs programming was also the cheapest programming to produce, with costs averaging about $14,000 per broadcast hour.
"That's considerably less than the production costs of drama, which was well over half a million dollars an hour.
The report also showed that income generated by film and video production businesses has increased, from approximately $1.6 billion in 2006-07, to $2.2 billion in 2011-12.
"The film and video post-production industry has fared worse, with the industry's total income dropping by one quarter, to $330 million," Mr Milne said.
"The total income of digital game developers fell from $137 million down to $89 million.
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