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Minimalist media reform that only starts the job

Some expected Stephen Conroy to do nothing on media reform in an election year. He’s done something — but it’s not much, and it may not pass Parliament anyway. The government’s minimalist approach fails to address convergence.

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Government’s media reform package plays it (very) safe

Labor has finally delivered a blueprint on media reform. But there’s not much to it, and it wants Parliament to pass it immediately. Stephen Conroy, frustrated by delays, is betting big.

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Media ownership: ‘controlling the news’ in a fragmenting industry

Media ownership is a notoriously difficult issue — both for politicians and the press. Bernard Keane explains why governments today face challenges their predecessors didn’t have to deal with.

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Media, cultural policy: pieces of the puzzle not in place

Australia is entering a “convergent media policy moment”, according to academic Terry Flew. How will the various pieces of the cultural puzzle fit together on this difficult issue?

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What we know the government thinks on media regulation

Time is ticking for the government to act on media regulation. There’s plenty of talk inside the government but nothing concrete is emerging. Could it all be too hard?

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Facebook at centre of convergence
debate

There’ll be growing pressure on governments to regulate social media like traditional media as more Australians use it. But Tony Abbott and the Coalition seem lost on the issue.

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News Ltd versus Gillard: a tale of two letters

Yesterday, Bernard Keane untangled some of the false arguments behind opposition to a public interest test for media ownership. Today, David Salter reviews the parallel campaign against content regulation.

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Williams on media regs: rhetoric replaces logic and the law

Kim Williams’ speech dealing with media regulation were so utterly cack-handed, writes David Salter, veteran journalist and former Media Watch executive producer.

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Conroy making history with public interest test

If the Gillard government stares down the nation’s media bosses and introduces a public interest test for media ownership that’s tough, effective and free from political interference, it will be the first government in the world to do so.

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Media CEOs’ letter to government: ‘danger to free speech’

Media company CEOs have written to the government expressing concern about media regulation. Crikey has obtained the unpublished letter …

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Why ACMA had no choice on Nine propaganda

ACMA’s inability to find a breach by Nine on pokies reflects not weakness but the problem of black-letter regulation.

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Idiot’s Guide to Convergence: spectrum in a post-broadcasting era

The Convergence Review has laid the groundwork for a post-broadcasting future in spectrum allocation.

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Idiot’s Guide to the Convergence Review: public and community broadcasting

The Convergence Review gives non-commercial media, including the ABC, SBS and community broadcasters, a nice deal on spectrum, the suggestion of access to more money, and a pat on the back for doing a good job.

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Idiot’s Guide to the Convergence Review: local content in global age

While the Convergence Review’s final report put forward a radical rewriting of the basis for media diversity regulation, on local and children’s content this is a strongly status quo report.

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Idiot’s Guide to Convergence Review: media ownership and diversity

The current model of media ownership regulation has failed to protect our media diversity — but will the Convergence Review’s proposal work better?

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Convergence Review proposals as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike

You can judge the quality of a cake from any slice,” says David Salter as he examines one juicy morsel from the Convegence Review’s final report.

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Ditch the leader, pass the spade, keep digging the same hole

Crikey readers have their say.

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Idiot’s Guide to the Convergence Review: the principles

So the Convergence Review report is big — very big, in number of pages and in implications.

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The regulation revolution of the Convergence
Review

A single, revolutionary concept forms the basis of many of the recommendations of the Convergence Review.

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Decoding the Convergence Review

We’re creating a one-stop shop for you: short of reading the report yourself, Crikey’s idiot’s guide to the Convergence Review is the closest you’ll come to forming a bigger picture.

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Convergence Report lands, but media groups just couldn’t wait

Even before they could be sure of precisely what it contained, many of those who claim to speak for the press in Australia were lining up to damn the Convergence Review released today, writes David Salter.

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Cheerleaders, warriors and a public interest test: who would you trust?

The crisis around UK minister Jeremy Hunt illustrates the problems of a media public interest test.

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It’s a big if, but Gina Rinehart could set Fairfax agenda

There never has been, and is never likely to be, a rule that says someone who owns a company is not entitled to run it as she sees fit, within the limits of the law.

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Ghosts of media regulators past haunt Convergence Review

The free-to-air television networks are the big winners from the convergence review. And bloggers may be the big losers.

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Convergence review: time to regulate the internet

The Convergence Review has unveiled the most dramatic proposals to regulate the internet seen in Australia for years. If implemented, the proposals would represent a dramatic increase in protectionism.

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