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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. Joel Carrett/AAP

Friday essay: diversity in the media is vital - but Australia has a long way to go

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.
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”. David Moir/AAP

Paul Keating unleashes vitriolic attack on Nine’s takeover of Fairfax

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 increasing use of social media for news is alarming, because the information is not always reliable. Shutterstock

Australians born overseas prefer the online world for their news

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.
Mitch Fifield recently announced the Turnbull government would once again attempt to tackle media reform. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Why media reform in Australia has been so hard to achieve

The Australian media policy omelette cannot simply be unscrambled. But forward-thinking diversity rules could help prevent further concentration of media ownership.
The Nine Network’s Here Come The Habibs is one of very few Australian TV programs not dominated by Anglo-Australian faces. AAP/Nine Network

Shock horror: the big end of town has finally discovered Australia’s media is a whitewash

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?

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