Research by the UTS Centre for Media Transition suggests it will be hard for digital-only local newspapers to match what local print editions gave their communities.
News Corp's announcement it will stop printing 100 suburban and community newspapers is another blow for regional Australia and the the media landscape more broadly.
The federal government has announced a package to help regional media through the coronavirus crisis. But our national broadcasters have not been so lucky.
The latest proposals to amend the ABC Charter raise questions about media law reform. To be effective and sustainable, it needs to be strategic, not ad hoc and politicised.
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”.
if anything, media concentration is worsening and diversity won't be improved by changing Australia's media ownership laws.