Facebook and Google will soon be forced to pay Australian public broadcasters for their content.
The ABC and SBS have reportedly been added to a proposed media bargaining code alongside commercial news organisations.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims initially excluded the broadcasters from the draft code because they were publicly funded.
Labor, the Greens and several crossbenchers suggested they should be among Australian news publishers to benefit from the bargaining laws.
"It was the wrong decision to lock the public broadcasters out of the draft code and allow Facebook and Google to continue to profit from their content," Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said on Wednesday.
"Their inclusion is an important part of tackling the power and greed of the tech giants and protecting public interest journalism."
Senator Hanson-Young also wants the national newswire Australian Associated Press and small publishers included.
"If the aim of this code is to ensure the viability of Australia's media then not only was it vital ABC and SBS were included, but it's also important AAP doesn't fail and small and independent publishers don't miss out."
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg refused to confirm whether public broadcasters had been written into the code, which was first reported by The Guardian Australia.
"The government does not provide a running commentary on consultations regarding the code," his spokesman told AAP.
Mr Frydenberg is expected to introduce the proposed code to federal parliament before the end of the year.
Australian Associated Press
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