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Royal prank case tests media regulator’s limits

A case involving 2Day FM and Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has the potential to dramatically extend the powers of the broadcast regulator at a time when the government is keen on media deregulation.

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Media briefs: Switzer in talks with ABC … saving Peppa’s bacon … the best news-satire on TV …

Conservative warrior Tom Switzer has confirmed he’s in talks with the ABC’s Radio National about a new weekly show. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Turnbull sends community television to the gallows, leaves sector fuming

Thanks to Malcolm Turnbull’s surprise announcement yesterday, community TV stations have 15 months left on air.

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Media briefs: Nine’s Kiwi dramas … bargain-bin blues … Johnston to Oz

Departing Fairfax editor Eric Johnston faces a bit opportunity at The Oz’s business desk. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Regulator hands official reprimand to ABC over THAT Chris Kenny skit

More trouble for the ABC over the infamous skit of an Australian commentator humping a dog — now ACMA has found the skit breached the ABC’s own rules.

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Removal of ‘two out of three’ ain’t bad for News Corp

A move to to amend media ownership restrictions would be a positive for News Corp, but the ACCC might yet be a hurdle, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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ACMA slaps down ACA over racist ‘Asian mall’ story

A Current Affair has agreed to correct a story the Communications and Media Authority says was likely to provoke racist feeling towards Asians. It’s a rare step for a TV broadcaster.

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Media briefs: local news review … Reece calls it … Snowden on screen …

Was one of the last administrative acts by Stephen Conroy as communications minister a direction to the Australian Communications and Media Authority to investigate whether regional Australia is getting enough coverage of local news and events?

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Media briefs: ACMA wants your complaints … cricket coverage woes … Time covers …

The Australian Communications and Media Authority, the main media regulator, wants public input. Plus other media news of the day.

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Live odds: mishandled by everyone, from first to last

The live odds ban is a debacle presided over by broadcasters, the gambling industry, sports administrators and politicians. And it’s not a healthy sign, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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A family in distress on the TV news, and a missing law

When Molly Lord died at home, media outlets showed images of her dead body and grieving mother. Communications law expert Mark Briedis argues it shows the laws defending privacy are inadequate.

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‘Banality of evil’: new documents lift the veil on data retention

New documents shed light on the enthusiasm of the Attorney-General’s Department to move forward with (and think large on) data retention, and the resistance it encountered from industry.

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Is there really too much freedom of speech online?

Once again the old media have missed the point of privacy online, preferring to maintain their patch instead of focusing on issues such as data mining.

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Channel Nine slapped down for privacy breach

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has found Channel Nine Adelaide guilty of breaching privacy provisions for airing unauthorised footage of a family involved in a home birth. This is the first time a TV station has been slapped for breaching new privacy guidelines introduced by ACMA last December. The February news story, about a […]

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How management failed Ten (and failing 2GB)

If media organisations are not well-managed, you’ll soon see the results on the balance sheet and in the regulators’ findings. Job cuts at Ten and the latest Alan Jones punishment are evidence.

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Is management learning its lessons from vile Kyle?

2Day FM says it’s business as usual, despite the sins of controversial shock jock Kyle Sandilands. Rachael Jane Chin has been following the appeal against ACMA’s licence ruling in Sydney.

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Alan Jones and Argentinean military junta-style ‘disposal’

Crikey readers have their say.

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Jones failed ‘reasonable efforts’ test, but chaff bag OK

The broadcasting regulator has found Alan Jones in breach for his notorious “0.001%” comments, but not those about killing the Prime Minister.

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What we can learn about Fairfax

Crikey readers have their say.

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ACMA says Sandilands ‘spider baby’ complaint has legs

Australia’s media watchdog has opened an investigation into recent comments by radio host Kyle Sandilands’ that a baby born with extra limbs was a “spider baby” and would have an unfair advantage at the Olympics.

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Simons v Oz … jail for C-Mail journos? …

In today’s Media Briefs: ACMA squibs while Austereo squirms … Simons: Oz revelations ‘unremarkable’ … Front Page of the Day … Journalists may face prison for identifying family and more …

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ACMA upholds Sandilands … GetUp! ad snub …

In today’s Media Briefs: Front Page of the Day … ACMA upholds Kyle Sandilands ruling … GetUp! anti-supermarket pokies ad refused airtime by TV networks and more …

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Decency and undue emphasis on gender. A matter of interpretation.

Kyle Sandilands’ comments cut to the core of the internal FM radio culture towards women. Well, let’s just say radio.

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Welcome, the flea market system

Crikey readers have their say.

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New disclosure standards for commercial radio

Thirteen years after the cash-for-comment exposé, ACMA has finally managed to close a key loophole in the Broadcasting Services Act, writes David Salter, a veteran journalist and broadcaster.

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