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‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!’ was a funky, lighthearted alternative to the action cartoons that, for years, had dominated Saturday morning lineups. GeekDad

The strange connection between Bobby Kennedy’s death and Scooby-Doo

Demands for regulation of media violence reached a fever pitch after RFK's assassination, and networks scrambled to insert more kid-friendly fare into their lineups. Enter: the Mystery Machine.
The government has approved a parliamentary inquiry into press freedom – a step the major media organisations have dismissed as unnecessary. Bianca De Marchi/AAP

Parliamentary press freedom inquiry: letting the fox guard the henhouse

A parliamentary inquiry into press freedom is merely a public relations exercise designed to buy time until the public anger over last month's police raids dies down.
News Corp Executive Chariman Michael Miller (left), Nine Chief Executive Officer Hugh Marks (centre) and ABC Managing Director David Anderson (right) stressed unity in their fight for press freedom. Rohan Thomson/AAP

Media chiefs unite on press freedom, but will it result in any action?

The heads of News Corp, Nine and ABC talked tough on the need for stronger legal protections for journalists. But unity is meaningless unless it brings meaningful action from the government.
Michelle Guthrie in 2018: the former ABC managing director made greater staff diversity a top priority. But her final Equity and Diversity annual report failed to meet several long-held targets. Joel Carrett/AAP

Friday essay: diversity in the media is vital - but Australia has a long way to go

As we face a growing tide of unregulated hate speech, the media is crucial in normalising diversity. Yet progress here has been slow. Even the ABC has failed to meet some of its own targets for hiring a diversity of employees.
Senator James McGrath in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra. Mick Tsikas

Government senator urges sale of ABC city properties

Following similar comments by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, a senator has called for the ABC to sell its Ultimo headquarters and move to the suburbs and regional centres.
Communications and Arts Minister Mitch Fifield during a press conference in Canberra in June 2018. Over the last six years of Coalition government, there has been a lack of strong policy initiatives and a neglect of smaller arts organisations. Lukas Coch/AAP

Arts and culture under the Coalition: a lurch between aggression and apathy

The Coalition government's approach to arts and culture policy has been one of ad hocism and neglect. Perhaps most serious has been the damage done to the Australia Council and the ABC.
According to new research, the ABC stands to lose A$783 million in total funding by 2022, unless steps are taken to reverse budget cuts. Shutterstock

The ABC didn’t receive a reprieve in the budget. It’s still facing staggering cuts

Yes, the ABC received A$43.7 million to continue funding its 'enhanced news gathering' operation in the 2019 budget, but this is a drop in the bucket compared to how much it stands to lose.
The committee says it was not until Guthrie’s now famous dossier about Milne’s alleged interference came out in the Fairfax press that the rest of the board woke up to what had been going on. Joel Carrett/AAP

ABC inquiry finds board knew of trouble between Milne and Guthrie, but did nothing

A Senate inquiry report has found that while the broadcaster's board was aware of the deteriorating relationship between the chair and managing director, it did not make any further inquiries.
China is broadcasting to more than 1 billion people in several different languages, while Australia sits on its soft power reviews. Screenshot/YouTube

As Australia’s soft power in the Pacific fades, China’s voice gets louder

Soft power is a country's ability to gain influence through attraction. Australia's soft power in the Pacific began waning when it axed the Australia Network in 2014. And China is filling the gap.
The 2015 movie Spotlight portrayed how journalists at the Boston Globe uncovered child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. But not all ‘investigative journalism’ is as rigorous. IMDB/Open Road Film

How ‘access journalism’ is threatening investigative journalism

A new form of journalism, dubbed "access journalism" is creeping into the media, and its reliance on allegations and lack of evidence poses a serious threat.

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