Media Convergence Review

The government’s media Convergence Review is huge, as are its implications if fully implemented. But trying to get a handle on the recommendations, and why they’ve been made — let alone the current framework and how it compares — is virtually impossible.

So we’re creating a one-stop shop for you: short of reading the report yourself, Crikey’s idiot’s guide tis the closest you’ll come to forming a bigger picture.

Introduction: decoding the Convergence Review
Why should you care? Isn’t this just for media wonks, moguls and self-interested journos? Well, no.

Idiot’s Guide Convergence Review part one: media ownership and diversity
The current model of media ownership regulation has failed to protect our media diversity — but will the Convergence Review’s proposal work better?

Idiot’s Guide to the Convergence Review part two: content competition
When it comes to convergence, it’s clear that content is king.

Idiot’s Guide to the Convergence Review part three: new media
How does the Convergence Review balance its deregulatory vibe with its assertion that content standards are still necessary, because the community expects them and because failing to restrict access to some content can do harm?

Idiot’s Guide to the Convergence Review part four: local content in global age
While the Convergence Review’s final report put forward a radical rewriting of the basis for media diversity regulation, on local and children’s content this is a strongly status quo report.

Idiot’s Guide to Convergence Review part five: spectrum in a post-broadcasting era
The Convergence Review has laid the groundwork for a post-broadcasting future in spectrum allocation.

Idiot’s Guide to the Convergence Review: that’s a wrap
A week after the release of the Convergence Review, its principal author, Glen Boreham launched into an opinion piece.

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