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Television: the land where the age of entitlement never ends

For the free-to-air commercial broadcasters, it’s always the age of entitlement — no matter who is in power. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer detail the largesse.

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Conroy’s public interest test in international perspective

Labor’s proposed public interest test for media ownership changes has drawn howls of protest. Matthew Knott examines how the proposal compares with the UK and US.

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What’s in the public interest? New media laws will satisfy no one

The government’s proposed public interest test for media transactions will be left vague and may not safeguard media diversity. We take a look at what’s in the bills, released today.

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Dance of the moguls threatens to leave Ten on its lonesome

Speculation about media tie-ups reflects the agenda of the players involved. And that’s before the dance music even starts. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane on who’ll be left without a partner.

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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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Private equity cashes in, but will media diversity result?

As media companies change hands for low valuations, private equity see profits. Catalyst is the latest to swoop, but will the injection of private equity cash deliver more media diversity?

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Conroy sets the scene for new round of media consolidation

The government has opened up the television industry to a major round of consolidation as it responds to the Convergence Review. Broadcasters should be thrilled, reckon Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Abbott’s message of reassurance to media moguls

Tony Abbott has sent a clear message to Australia’s media moguls — they have nothing to fear from him.

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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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Simons: review says Finkelstein got regs diagnosis right, prescription wrong

The Convergence Review Report has effectively concluded that Ray Finkelstein got the diagnosis right but the prescription wrong when he recommended statutory regulation for news media.

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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 Review: diversity and a public interest test

Using a public interest test to manage media diversity is problematic — but it’s a popular option.

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Media regulation review: groundbreaking, eventually changing everything

Revolutionary change to media regulation in Australia is the likely outcome of the current convergence review, something made clear in a discussion paper issued earlier this week.

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Reviewing diversity in a converging media

If you were starting from scratch in regulating media ownership, what would you count as influential?

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Fewer and stronger moguls — the product of our current media ownership laws

Under our current media ownership restrictions, we’ve lost a lot of media diversity and our moguls have been allowed to deepen their hold on Australian media. A national media diversity test could still help.

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It’s time to revisit media diversity laws

Our national media has been reduced to six dominant groups. In the face of shrinking media diversity and an evolving media environment, it’s time to reconsider how and why we regulate media ownership.

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Who owns the news media?

An interactive database of who owns what in the US media, profiling the companies and people who decide what you read, watch and listen to every day.

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Beecher: Editorial independence requires editorial competence

The bunfight over board control of WA Newspapers is revealing how people with no background in journalism or media exert increasing influence over the editorial pillar of functional democracy, writes Eric Beecher.

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The business of conflict in The West

The conflicts between The West Australian’s editorial coverage and the Stokes commercial interest will be huge, so the best way to avoid this for Stokes not to be chairman., writes Stephen Mayne.

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Crikey Says – 3 July, 2007

A tragedy for Australian democracy.

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