Sep 2, 2014

‘They don’t control us’: Disney takes on News

If the price of maintaining News Corp's support is that the Press Council can't be effective, it's not worth having the money, the chairman of the Press Council told Crikey.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

The embattled chairman of the Press Council says he’d rather have an effective council with fewer members and less money than the alternative.

Julian Disney, who has been under fire in recent weeks as The Australian newspaper accuses him of being an out-of-touch activist keen on controlling the Australian print press, told Crikey this morning the biggest danger for the Press Council wasn’t losing the support of News Corp, but rather pretending to be something it was not.

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5 thoughts on “‘They don’t control us’: Disney takes on News

  1. klewso

    “Murdoch’s monkey bites Murdoch!”?

  2. rhwombat

    Disney has principles, morals and a conscience. The News Corpse zombies must be terrified. .

  3. fractious

    @rhw, worse still, he appears to have a mind of his own.

  4. Liamj

    News Corp(se) has proved its unwillingness to play fair by anyones rules. It is time to develop a systematic boycott campaign, starting with all government & corporate job advertisers. As The UStralian has always been a loss-making vanity project for the Sun King, losing job advertisers wont shut it down but will increase its irrelevance.

  5. CML

    I would like to see a combined TV, radio, print and on-line media council, funded by the federal government. This is the only way it can be free to adjudicate on important matters which come before it.
    The members of the council should be appointed by a joint parliamentary committee composed of representatives from all members of parliament. Let’s have a bit of democracy in there!
    It is difficult to see how the current press council, with the best will in the world, can be effective under the current arrangements.

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