Only the competition regulator stands in the way of further media concentration in Australia, but few expect the first of probably a number of mergers to be blocked.
Australian media ownership is already among the most concentrated in the world, but if the competition regulator approves the Nine-Fairfax deal, expect the race for survival to produce more mergers.
An 1894 cartoon by Frederick Burr Opper criticizes American newspapers’ elasticity with the truth.
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The practice of calling attention to false stories – with actual fakers then levying the charge on their accusers – dates back to battles between progressive reformers and corporate media outlets.
Businessman and philanthropist Joe Ricketts shut down DNAinfo and Gothamist after his workers voted to unionize.
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Joe Ricketts abruptly shut down DNAinfo and Gothamist after his employees voted to unionize. Is what he did legal? And how could similar events be prevented in the future?
Back in the 1930s, people like this pear peddler in New York City’s Lower East Side often got their news from labor-led media.
The newspaper's new owners harken back to a tradition of labor-led media in the early part of the 20th century, which represented a bulwark against corporate power.
With Australia’s level of media concentration among the highest in the world, the future of Network Ten is concerning.
The most pertinent issue is how much power the federal government is prepared to allow any single media proprietor to have.
Culture secretary Karen Bradley's decision will stall the bid, but the saga is far from over.
Lachlan Murdoch is attempting to restructure Ten Network.
For Ten to be a viable business it needs to make hard decisions to cut costs and reach more viewers.
Ten Network has entered voluntary administration.
Ten Network has been placed in voluntary administration, after major shareholders refused to guarantee another loan.
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.
The Australian Federal Police will receive $321.4 million over four years for a range of measures.
The Conversation’s political experts react to the 2017-18 budget's key measures in the areas of welfare, foreign aid, defence spending and more.
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?
Media plurality is vital in a democracy. Full ownership of Sky would give the Murdoch family too much power.
The hugely popular Game of Thrones could be a crucial drawcard for Foxtel Play’s new viewers.
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With Quickflix saved but Presto on the way out, it's hard to predict who will emerge as the winners as battle for video-on-demand viewers intensifies.
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.
The Nine Network’s Here Come The Habibs is one of very few Australian TV programs not dominated by Anglo-Australian faces.
A generation on from revelations about the lack of diversity in the Australian media at the dawn of the digital era, what is pushing this concern now? And what’s changed since then?
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?
Nine’s new online streaming service means it can reach beyond its metro boundaries, and regional broadcasters are not happy.
The rise on live streaming of television programs is breaking down the protected geographical barriers on what you can watch, and the regional broadcasters are not happy.
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.
When the printing presses stop rolling, digital subscriptions will not be enough to make up the revenue shortfall at Fairfax.
With digital subscriptions barely registering on the revenue front, media companies are staking their hopes on alternative revenue sources.