May 1, 2012

The regulation revolution of the Convergence

A single, revolutionary concept forms the basis of many of the recommendations of the Convergence Review.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The Convergence Review is … complicated. Appropriately complicated, in some ways, because it takes a root-and-branch look at how we regulate media and communications, identifies the flaws and proposes a wholly new approach to it.

There are big problems with some of its proposals, yes, but it deserves a detailed look at what has driven them, something most critics seem unwilling to do, preferring to attack its recommendations as though they’ve dropped out of the sky.

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2 thoughts on “The regulation revolution of the Convergence

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Thanx for this.

    Of course regulating content service enterprises could be like regulating electoral boundaries: so subject to partisan influence that parties agree that it be done by an independent body to keep it out of the hands of the other side.

  2. Michael de Angelos

    Unfortunately the media perpetuates the myth that it has pure motives as a public service when 99% of it is simply a profit creating enterprise and the pursuit of profits will always come first in it’s decisions.

    At the same time no-one really wants over regulation. Turnbull is just mixing it of course as much of Australia’s media happens to perpetuate a story line that helps his party, at this time.

    I believe as Justice Leveson mooted during his current inquiry-that an easily accessible defamation tribunal with poweres would solve many of the problems we face with a biased media. Such a body would be beyond political manipulation.

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