"This is part of our triennial funding submission and will remain a key part of our submission," he told Media.
The ABC does have one advantage -- exclusive rights to the National Press Club addresses. The ABC currently gives access to Sky News on a one-off basis.
Mr Scott said an ABC public affairs channel would be broadcast free of charge into every Australian home -- "not just the 25 per cent who have pay-TV. And importantly, we think it will help drive the take-up of digital TV. We think a channel that includes ABC news services, parliamentary sessions of federal and state parliaments, major speeches, press conferences, significant court decisions and company AGMs presented live and unedited would give all Australians unfiltered and unprecedented access to the political process," he said.
The similarity of the two ideas almost sounds like Foxtel wants to out-ABC the ABC..