Jun 19, 2017

Is Australia’s media doomed to remain a colonial backwater?

The combination of foreign control with diminishing local newsrooms means Australia could be missing out on a huge English-speaking opportunity in Asia-Pacific, writes journalist and media-watcher Christopher Warren.

The countdown of great journalists calling out their farewells on Twitter and Facebook this month tells us that this round of job losses at both Fairfax and News could mark a point of no return for the Australian media.

It also suggests that a major argument for the government’s media law changes is wrong. Rather than building Australia-based global media players, we’re simply enable bigger monopolies in a smaller, more provincial, market.

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3 thoughts on “Is Australia’s media doomed to remain a colonial backwater?

  1. Irfan Yusuf

    I hate to say this but the quality of journalism and English language proficiency among Australian journalists is often inferior to that of Asian, Indian, Pakistani etc English-language scribes. And I include myself in that given that I am Australian.

  2. AR

    As the BBC World Service, slowly then more rapidly, withdrew from the Pacific & Asian regions, esp the abandonment of SW, Radio Australia was the obvious choice for the many millions who had little love and no reason to trust VoA.
    However, the hobbling then gelding of Australia’s external service, first begun under HawKeating then its capitulation under the Rodent – absolutely nothing to do with the pandering to the commercial interest of the mudorc, perish the thought – will go down as one of our great failures in being good neighbours and a shining light of free speech in this, our backyard.

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