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.
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.
After 28 years on screen, the controversial character of Apu is set to be written out of The Simpsons.
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Writing Apu out of The Simpsons is a simplistic solution to the issue of diversity in media. Instead, we need to support programming created by people of colour.
Is the Australian media industry willing to come together to fight against global streaming media companies, or will Australian media continue to battle each other?
Keating said the media free-for-all the Turnbull government was permitting under its new law would “result in an effective and dramatic close down in diversity and with it, opinion”.
Keating said that for more than half a century, Nine had never done other than display "the opportunism and ethics of an alley cat."
Television continues to be the main source of media consumption for kids.
It's not just how characters look. How they talk and the role they play have a profound impact on kids, who are quick to categorize characters as 'good' or 'bad' based on superficial qualities.
The increasing use of social media for news is alarming, because the information is not always reliable.
New research shows that Australians from diverse backgrounds are turning away from traditional media and heading online, a trend that has great significance for media companies.
The latest reforms will do nothing to prevent further concentration of Australia’s media landscape.
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.
The government on Wednesday finally clinched a deal with the crossbench Nick Xenophon Team.
Under the government's new rules, a company will be able to have TV, radio and print outlets in the same market.
The government should restore funding to public broadcasters SBS and ABC enabling them to produce more public interest journalism.
There are plenty of models around the globe where governments are supporting public interest journalism at arm's length.
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.
PBS headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
When the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was founded 50 years ago, it was supposed to reflect the nation's disparate voices.
Could there soon be Trump TV?
Highly polarised media, be it on the left or the right, are a threat to democracy.
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?
Caroline Aherne as Mrs Merton.
The UK establishment has never understood the northern working class – and no wonder.
Mergers are the next logical step as media leaders chase profits.
If a New Zealand-focused deal between Fairfax and APN gets approval readers can expect less access to local news content.
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.
More than 11 million people tuned in to the primetime special.
The most-tweeted live television event was a hit with black audiences, who also noticed a shift in the ads that aired.
Films such as M Manikandan’s The Crow Egg (2014) have plenty to offer younger viewers.
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The Sydney Film Festival's first ever children's program is aimed at a new generation of consumers. And that's to be applauded.