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."
There is a huge question mark over the future editorial quality of the newspapers after the merger.
The merger signals the death of Fairfax, and is the most consequential change in Australian media ownership in 31 years.
It would be easy to set up an inquiry into the ABC – with the findings already known.
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.
Labor mentioned Scott Morrison’s ‘pet rock’ during Question Time on Tuesday.
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 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.
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 support for media reforms requires increased scruntiny of public broadcasters.
Pauline Hanson's One Nation has won major measures to increase scrutiny of the ABC and potentially clip its wings.
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.
Controversies over sport, gambling and TV have tended to overshadow changes to the anti-siphoning scheme.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The stream of digital content shows no signs of slowing down.
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Whoever pulls together the best sales plan and a solid national footprint, will be most likely to do well at the forthcoming auctions.
Rural and regional Australians deserve more than tokenistic media coverage of their regions.
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”.
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?