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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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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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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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The egos of community radio

Crikey readers have their say on the issues of the day.

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Digital killed the community radio stars? Conroy’s fight with DJs

Community radio broadcasters around Australia say government funding to make the digital transition will come up short. Musicians are worried about the consequences.

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The fight to put more Australian content on (digital) TV

The “Australian Screens, Australian Stories” campaign aims to fight for local TV programming across free-to-air and digital channels as the government drafts new legislation. Dr Vincent O’Donnell reports.

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Eddie has Labor in his grip and will carry it to its doom

While innocuous, Tony Burke and Stephen Conroy’s contacts with Eddie Obeid symbolise how NSW Labor is likely to drag the Federal party to its doom this year.

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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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Govt kills the (community) radio stars, stations fear

Community radio — which plays more Australian music than commercial rivals — relies on a government-funded project to put tracks to air. But will that money be there in 2013?

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Conroy’s new filter a political victory, but for how long?

The federal government has abandoned its internet filter, relying on a section of the Telecommunications Act to force telcos to act. But will it actually work?

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Net filter backdown shows power in the hands of the smart

Stephen Conroy has abandoned plans to erect a filter around the internet. He learned moral outrage wasn’t going to win the day. His bureaucratic colleagues need to do the same.

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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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Victorian Labor nervous over expected Darebin fallout

The ALP is bracing for a nuclear fallout from the coming Ombudsman’s report into Darebin council, with fears that a bevy of councillors and prominent factional players will be accused of dubious activity that could cast a pall over the party’s northern suburbs membership base.

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Paul Barry to Stephen Conroy: roam wasn’t built in a day, but fix it

Optus and its fellow phone companies blame those pesky foreign companies for charging outrageous rates. But …

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Media briefs: Age exits mount … Kyle dodges ACMA … Hun’s VicRoads howler …

In today’s Media Briefs: Hun’s VicRoads howler II. … Front Page of the Day … The Department of Corrections … Conroy says Whirlpool more accurate than AFR … Obama, Critic-in-Chief of the news …

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Facebook at centre of convergence
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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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Conroy’s common sense

Some sensible talk from Communications Minister Stephen Conroy in the wake of the weekend’s Melbourne state byelection.

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David Feeney zeroes in on PM’s prized Victorian seat

Labor Party warlords have begun to outline a succession plan in Julia Gillard’s seat of Lalor, with David Feeney leading all-comers to stake a claim at a byelection following a devastating federal election loss.

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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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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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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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