Culture secretary Karen Bradley's decision will stall the bid, but the saga is far from over.
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.
John McDonnell's claim that the BBC was uncritically repeating 'Tory lies' this week once more raises the question of bias in the media's political reporting. But is he right?
The culture secretary must make a call on the deal based on the public interest.
Media plurality is vital in a democracy. Full ownership of Sky would give the Murdoch family too much power.
It's not alternative facts we need to worry about, it's the fact that moguls still dominate the media, both old and new.
Is it true Australia’s level of media concentration is among the highest in the world?
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Was shadow minister for communications Michelle Rowland right when she said Australia’s level of media ownership concentration is one of the highest in the world?
Fox News CEO Roger Ailes stepped down amid sexual harassment allegations.
The former Fox News CEO crossed the line between unbiased coverage and political activism with ease.
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Its formidable chief executive may have resigned, but the US's most-watched news network is in rude health all the same.
Is Rupert Murdoch’s influence on the Australian political landscape what it used to be?
Given newspapers' continued role as the main provider of new news every day, and the amplifying effect of social media, their potential to influence the body politic remains substantial.
If you want to safeguard the licence fee and shore up public-service content, time to introduce democracy to the BBC.
As an eight-week election campaign stretches out ahead of us like a trackless desert, it might be useful to take a bearing on where the prime minister stands in relation to the conservative side of the…
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.
Son also rises.
New appointment will make Rupert Murdoch's youngest son one of the most powerful figures in European broadcasting.
Keith Murdoch (right) with Prime Minister Billy Hughes during the first world war.
Tom D.C. Roberts has crafted a book full of remarkable insights into a central figure in Australian corporate and political history, a figure hitherto enveloped in family mythology: Keith Murdoch.
Rupert Murdoch is nothing if not a prolific tweeter.
Why would a man with so much media power at his fingertips, and political power on three continents to match, choose to expose himself to the raw landscape of the Twittersphere?
We thought the phone hacking scandal would chasten News Corp. We were wrong.
If the commercial media has its way the BBC will end up cash-strapped and shackled by regulation.
I’ve been teaching students in Hong Kong about the relationship between politics and the media, and wanted to illustrate the sometimes problematic relationship between media and power. So I showed them…