Mitch Fifield recently announced the Turnbull government would once again attempt to tackle media reform.
The Australian media policy omelette cannot simply be unscrambled. But forward-thinking diversity rules could help prevent further concentration of media ownership.
Striking Fairfax journalists protest out the front of Parliament House, Canberra.
As the federal government looks to reform media ownership laws, the Australian media environment – in diversity and stability – is looking decidedly shaky.
Mitch Fifield argues media diversity is under threat unless the government’s bill is passed.
The Turnbull government is engaged in a media reform process that is all about the sideshow – not forward-thinking policy with the public interest in mind.
Some have criticised the government’s fresh attempt at media reform as benefiting big media companies such as News Corp.
If the word “reform” implies genuine public benefit, then real reform has been in short supply for all of the 106 years of electronic media regulation in Australia.
The stream of digital content shows no signs of slowing down.
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Whoever pulls together the best sales plan and a solid national footprint, will be most likely to do well at the forthcoming auctions.
Rural and regional Australians deserve more than tokenistic media coverage of their regions.
Before media reform becomes a runaway train, we need to return to the drawing board and rethink the maps that define and guide broadcasters on reporting news for “local areas”.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said the government would establish stronger local content obligations for regional commercial TV.
The government wants to push the biggest overhaul of Australia's media laws in a generation through parliament before the election.
Media owners are likely to be the biggest beneficiaries of changes announced by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield on Tuesday.
Mitch Fifield has announced a shake-up of Australia’s media ownership laws. What rules are being scrapped? And what effect might their axing have on Australia’s media sector?
Mitch Fifield seems to have herded enough fractious media cats into the cage to get his media reform package through.
The fact that Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has got a package of changes to Australia's media laws this far is remarkable considering the ill-fated recent history of attempts at media reform.
Indonesian media moguls have argued that the internet means cross-media ownership laws that prevent common ownership of radio, television and newspapers are obsolete.
Indonesia’s media landscape may be a model which Australia is emulating as it looks to change media ownership laws. There are positives to this, but also causes for concern.
Mitch Fifield has recognised that Australia’s system of media regulation is outdated.
The problem for Mitch Fifield will be, to a great extent, the same one that has dogged successive large-scale media reform attempts in the past.
As regional television flounders, a new approach to deregulation is needed.
The Save Our Voices campaign argues that existing media rules are "squeezing the life out of our regional TV networks". But the real story is more complex. Reform is necessary, but so too is local content.
The entry into the market of new media and new players hasn’t altered the value of local content for people in regional and rural Australia.
Some of the bush tales about regional news that are circulating in the ongoing debate about media reform need to be debunked.
While Microsoft, Google and Apple have had to answer questions in Canberra about whether they meet their tax obligations, their media activities seemingly defy regulation.
Current regulations are a complete mismatch for today's media practices and structures. While politicians shy from the debate, it's time to heed public opinion and revisit the Finkelstein Report.
Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has floated the idea of reforming media laws, but Australia media terrain has changed.
if anything, media concentration is worsening and diversity won't be improved by changing Australia's media ownership laws.
Malcolm Turnbull reportedly wants to abolish Australia’s cross-media ownership and ‘reach’ rules in a mooted reform package.
Rupert Murdoch’s intervention indicates that the government’s desired consensus for reform among media proprietors is far from assured.
On we go.
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