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Essential: little concern over a Liberal bluewash

Voters aren’t particularly concerned about the prospect of more Liberal-led governments at COAG. Meanwhile, Essential Research finds support for Tony Abbott’s government improving.

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Where was Big Kerry? Moguls leave Canberra with little credit

Neither politicians nor media executives emerge with any credit when Canberra obsesses over media reform. The public doesn’t care, and the executives missed the point.

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Six-step approach for genuine media regs reform

The Melbourne University academic and Crikey contributor outlines a six-point plan for genuine media regulation in a submission to the Senate committee looking at Labor’s proposed reforms.

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The Stalinist nightmare of the media regulating itself

Stephen Conroy’s self-regulation proposals for the print media could ultimately save it from the very fate media companies are currently complaining about.

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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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Media wrap: papers unite against press reforms

After a “messy delay” a “dog’s breakfast” that “fails the public interest test”. And that’s just one newspaper. Crikey wraps coverage of the federal government’s media regulation reforms.

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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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Essential: Gillard’s momentum halted by scandal

The AWU smear campaign appears to have damaged the Prime Minister, halting her personal momentum with voters.

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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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‘Trial by Google’ the new threat to privacy, Leveson warns

Trial by media? Trial by Google is the real threat to privacy, Lord Justice Brian Leveson told a Sydney audience today — fresh from delivering his media ethics report to the UK government.

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Leveson: D-day for red tops, farewell to press freedom?

Lord Leveson will deliver his verdict on the future of the British press in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal tomorrow. Fleet Street’s red tops are decidedly nervous about being curbed.

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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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A curious balance: how Jones and 2GB snowed ACMA

Alan Jones will get a fact-checker in an agreement between his station 2GB and the media regulator. But will that make any difference to how he operates?

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Crikey says: look north and calm down on media regs

What had the party rooms buzzing this morning. China is easing up on the media — well, sort of, writes Margaret Simons. Why Christians won’t vote for Julia Gillard next year. We go on board the Rich List super-yachts. And who’s the most powerful journalist in Australia? (We’ll tell you one of them at least).

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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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A letter in the grand tradition of Australian media policy

The missive from media executives to the government and opposition is in the sordid tradition of Australian media policy.

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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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ACMA squibs again: how Nine got away with pokie propaganda

The one agency of media regulation in this country with genuine powers seems determined not to use them. David Salter examines its latest finding against the Nine Network.

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Ricketson to media: you’ve had your chance on self-regulation

One of the authors of the independent Finkelstein media inquiry says the Convergence Review’s method of regulating the media won’t work because non-compliant media companies can’t be forced to join self-regulatory bodies.

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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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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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Press Council, richer but disunited, still the best regulatory option

After long and delicate negotiations, it was announced Australia’s major publishers had agreed to greatly increase the funding for the Australian Press Council.

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