The World: Sydney - Anti-siphoning review could benefit pay-TV channels

Australia's anti-siphoning scheme, which ensures that events of national importance and cultural significance are freely available on Australian TV, is to be reviewed by the government.

It's expected that the review of the scheme, which has remained unchanged since 1994, could result in more events being offered to pay-TV channels.

A number of events, particularly in the sporting arena, do not make it on to free-to-air TV, however pay-TV channels have not been allowed to broadcast them under the format.

A new "use-it-or-lose-it" policy may, therefore, be put in place to ensure that matches are shown on TV, whatever the channel.