This evening Crikey’s publisher, Eric Beecher, will be giving evidence to the Senate inquiry into the Government’s media laws.
“Removing or weakening the cross-media rules is unnecessary,” the Crikey submission says. “There is no remotely discernable demand for it. It creates the impression that the Government is working in the interests of a small number of media owners instead of working in the interests of all Australians.”
Here’s the schedule of who is appearing:
Thursday 28 September 2006
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9.30 Institute of Public Affairs
10.45 Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance
11.15 Premier Media Group
5.15 Community Broadcasting
7.00 Southern Cross
7.30 Private Media Partners (Crikey)
Friday 29 September 2006
8.30am Paul Neville, MP
9.00 DMG Radio
9.45 Bathurst Broadcasting, Radio Outback
10.15 Independent Regional Radio
11.15 Astra, Austar, Foxtel
12.00 midday ABC
1.45 Jock Given
Notice who’s missing? PBL and News. The big media players don’t even need to take to the field to win.