Feb 4, 2014

Removal of ‘two out of three’ ain’t bad for News Corp

A move to to amend media ownership restrictions would be a positive for News Corp, but the ACCC might yet be a hurdle, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s revelation that the government is mulling dumping the “two out of three” rule in our media ownership laws is more welcome news for News Corporation — albeit a bit like sending a leaky boat to rescue a drowning man.

Since the election, the government’s initial media policy forays have closely followed the script some of us suggested prior to September 7. In particular, the ABC has been the subject of extraordinary attack editorially — with both Turnbull and Treasurer Joe Hockey inappropriately calling ABC managing director Mark Scott to complain about ABC news content — and reputationally, with the Prime Minister himself engaging in a carefully-structured attack designed to delegitimise the broadcaster.

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3 thoughts on “Removal of ‘two out of three’ ain’t bad for News Corp

  1. klewso

    Malcolm – Rupert’s – “Pitbull”?

  2. Electric Lardyland

    Just noticed that on the mobile version of the comments section for this story, that there’s an ad for somebody’s Communication Services. Their web address is Now I suspect that it is supposed to be a compressed version of, world wide who’s who releases, but it can be just as easily be read as, world wide who’s whore leases. Or more easily, if you’re me. Anyhow, I’m not sure if it’s a great advert for communication skills.

  3. green-orange


    If News really wanted terrestrial TV, they could easily have dumped the newspapers – they stopped making money long ago.

    For the past 20 years they’ve been saying that network TV is “dead” and the future is cable. To turn around and buy a terrestrial network now would spook US creditors and investors who see the financial ruin of US network TV.

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