Apr 30, 2012

Convergence Report lands, but media groups just couldn’t wait

Even before they could be sure of precisely what it contained, many of those who claim to speak for the press in Australia were lining up to damn the Convergence Review released today, writes David Salter.

After 340 written submissions and some 28,000 comments from cross-country consultations, the Convergence Report is finally here. The 177-page final document landed as Crikey hit deadline, giving media proprietors and their conflicted employees who report on it plenty to chew over.

The report recommends abolishing cross-media laws in favour of a “public interest test” and replacing the Australian Communications and Media Authority with a new statutory regulator for digital media, while supporting an industry-led independent regulator for journalistic standards and ethics. Bernard Keane and others will provide analysis for Crikey tomorrow.

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4 thoughts on “Convergence Report lands, but media groups just couldn’t wait

  1. izatso?

    Bahahahaaa ! BAHahahahaha !! If it were only set in granite on someones gynormous monument ….. / Baaahahaha !

  2. CML

    Fantastic David! And YES, YES, YES to your final paragraphs.
    Just hope this government holds on long enough to make all this law.
    That way it will be set in stone, as the Greens will never agree to such
    laws being repealed.
    All the more reason why this government needs to run its full term,
    no matter what the rAbbott throws at it. The Murdoch media is
    out of control in this country, and the “parroting” of its content by
    the ABC is becoming a real problem. As many have said before me,
    thank heavens for Crikey!

  3. Arty

    Don’t worry about the press. It is dying and nothing will save it. The news is increasingly in the hands of citizens who capture the action on video and post it via the internet.

    Political reporting continues to survive in some sort of regulated market in which there is a guaranteed position for political journalists. For example I saw the recent ABC interview with the Commonwealth Attorney-General explaining what legal fees the Government will and won’t pay for Thompson-Slipper. Shortly after the interview the ABC news bulletin seemed to want to tell me something other than what I just saw and heard.

    I don’t want to continue to have someone tell me what was said and done when I can see/hear it for myself. Just put all the press conferences on the internet and leave them there for a couple of years. The talking heads can keep their jobs by providing the links.

  4. Meski

    The Australian, and News Corp should be playing the criminal card, not the victim card.

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