Oct 9, 2017

Small fish in a big pond: why media mergers won’t create Aussie sharks

The media ownership battle is old and long-winded, and will still fall far short of making us competitive swimmers in the ocean of global media, writes journalist and media watcher Chris Warren.

One of the favourite words in News Corp coverage of the long, winding attempt by the federal government to change media ownership laws was “archaic”. As is the way, once News Corp has settled on a word, it turned up in just about all their papers, in a lot of their reporting and coverage.

Now, the laws haven’t even finished their passage through the Parliament and the ABC’s managing director Michelle Guthrie has, without using it herself, already turned the word back on News Corp, Fairfax Media and the other commercial players who were so eager for the laws to change.

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