Keating said that for more than half a century, Nine had never done other than display "the opportunism and ethics of an alley cat."
The merger signals the death of Fairfax, and is the most consequential change in Australian media ownership in 31 years.
Of the four concessions One Nation won from the government in the latest media reforms, one has the potential to seriously threaten the public broadcaster.
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
As coal has muscled its way to the centre of the stage, we've seen the showdown between the government and AGL over the future of its Liddell coal-fired power station.
The last-minute bargaining on media reforms are a minimalistic band-aid response that will do nothing to prevent further concentration of Australia’s media landscape.
Under the government's new rules, a company will be able to have TV, radio and print outlets in the same market.
Politics podcast: Nick Xenophon on media reform.
Nick Xenophon's position on contentious legislation – currently media reform – is crucial for the government.
Michelle Grattan and Deep Saini discuss the week in politics.
Pauline Hanson's One Nation has won major measures to increase scrutiny of the ABC and potentially clip its wings.
The most pertinent issue is how much power the federal government is prepared to allow any single media proprietor to have.
The proposed anti-siphoning changes certainly shift the economic balance from free-to-air to pay-TV, as well as from government intervention in the sport TV market to more open market play.
The Australian media policy omelette cannot simply be unscrambled. But forward-thinking diversity rules could help prevent further concentration of media ownership.
As the federal government looks to reform media ownership laws, the Australian media environment – in diversity and stability – is looking decidedly shaky.
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.
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.
Whoever pulls together the best sales plan and a solid national footprint, will be most likely to do well at the forthcoming auctions.
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”.
The government wants to push the biggest overhaul of Australia's media laws in a generation through parliament before the election.
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?