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Consumers and shareholders come last in media ownership reform

Consumers and shareholders miss out whenever governments start talking about allowing more media ownership changes, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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The day News Ltd supported newspaper regulation

News Ltd and the Coalition have previously backed far more draconian regulation of newspaper operations than that proposed by the Gillard government. How times change.

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Millions for a tiny record label with powerful players

The story of Melba Recordings’ special deal with the Australian government shows that when it comes to arts funding, friends in high places can still deliver the goods.

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Streams, digital dreams and regulatory gaps

Regulating the internet like TV is suddenly on the agenda again. But we’ve been here before.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | TV & RADIO|

How Australia ended up with five terrible, govt-funded TV stations

Australians once had a chance to get new and original TV channels. Instead, we got repeats of Alf and something called “Slamball” — and we’re now paying for the privilege. Peter Martin explains how the networks pulled it off.

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Alston’s cold, dead hand still controls broadband

The National Broadband Network should be the solution to Australia’s commerical television woes. It isn’t.

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Is Janet a Heffer?

The Liberal post mortems may have only just begun, but it’s never too early to start thinking of the next election, writes Christian Kerr.

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Alston not the answer to Libs organisational woes

The Liberals when in opposition have always had a Messiah complex. Now they are looking for an organisational Messiah, and if the answer is Richard Alston, it must have been a very silly question indeed, writes Norman Abjorensen.

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Liberal crisis continues; party offers more of the same

The Liberal Party’s federal executive meets in Canberra today, and the shadow ministry has its first meeting. Questions over the leadership and Federal pressident positions remain. There is no doubt that the Liberal Party is in denial, writes Christian Kerr.

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Petey’s pouting leaves the Liberals in the lurch

They’ve installed Brendan Nelson as leader and now the right wing of the Liberal Party is now set to roll federal party president Chris McDiven, writes Christian Kerr.

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