Topic archives: mitch fifield

‘Journalists are miserable’ … Tele defends Rush story … Fifield advises against dropping the C bomb …

March 21, 2018 2

Former Fairfax editorial director Sean Aylmer has called journalists "insecure" and "miserable", while describing how he needed to pull back from being "too honest" in talking about restructures at the media giant because of leaks to rival outlets.

Inquiry into ABC and SBS on the launch pad, but who’s the target?

March 9, 2018 21

A government inquiry into the ABC and SBS is about to start, but it could be the smaller broadcaster that is the real target.

In conversation with new arts think tank program director Kate Fielding

February 23, 2018

The inaugural director of Australia’s new arts and culture think tank has her work cut out for her.

Media reform: how the sausage got made

September 15, 2017 10

The government finally got a win on its media reform bill, but who extracted what along the way?

One Nation deal the greatest attack on ABC independence in decades

August 16, 2017 28

The Coalition-One Nation proposals to overhaul the ABC Act represent the greatest assault on the broadcaster's independence in a generation.

Media heavies get Fifield’s ear, consumer groups left out

August 3, 2017 6

Media groups featured heavily in the list of people first getting to meet with Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, but tech companies were not.

Fifield’s diary reveals mad scramble to fix Brandis’ arts cock-up

July 27, 2017

Communications and Arts Minister Mitch Fifield spent the first few months in the job repairing much of the damage his predecessor had on the arts.

Fifield’s diary revealed: minister preferenced China telco before big local players

July 25, 2017 5

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield held his first meeting with a China state-owned telecommunications company that has no big presence in Australia.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

July 20, 2017 7

Fifield yuks it up ... IPA claims Eureka Stockade ... what does Christensen make of the new Doctor? ...

Whips out for the Glorious Midwinter Ball

June 15, 2017 5

We can't decide if Chloe Shorten or Julie Bishop was the best best dressed.

Media execs gather in Canberra for a government love-in

Media execs gather in Canberra for a government love-in

June 1, 2017 4

CEOs from 25 Australian radio, TV, and newspaper companies have lobbied the Parliament to pass media reforms they say will ensure their survival.

Winners from the media package will need a lot more than handouts

May 8, 2017 8

The government's media reform package is more a media aid package, but it won't help dinosaur media in the long run, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

Fifield appoints Minerals Council chair to ABC board

February 28, 2017 1

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield finally announced two new appointments to the ABC board yesterday, as there had been two empty chairs since June last year. In a nod to “gender and geographic diversity” both the directors appointed were women, one from Western Australia and the other from Queensland. Eyebrows were raised at the appointment of […]

Why are ministers so hellbent on keeping their diaries secret?

February 28, 2017 6

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has appealed a decision ordering him to hand over his diary to Crikey under FOI law.

Another $9m secretly slashed from Australia Council

Another $9m secretly slashed from Australia Council

February 10, 2017 4

The government has taken another $9.2 million from the Australia Council, without any notice. The council decided at a board meeting to draw down $10 million from its own reserves.

Fifield ordered to hand over diary after every ridiculous excuse fails

January 27, 2017 10

Mitch Fifield's office tried numerous, spurious reasons as to why it could not possibly be transparent with the public about the meetings he was taking on their behalf, but they were all rejected.

NBN tax paves way for privatisation

December 13, 2016 12

We might not have to wait for Wyatt Roy's prime ministership for the NBN to be sold.

Media law changes pass the first hurdle

December 1, 2016

The changes are the last thing the analogue media wants to see.

While Day is away, Labor will play

November 11, 2016 2

The government resisted attempts to debate its own backpacker tax in the Senate on Thursday.

Govt wants to prop up opera while small arts companies sing the blues

October 26, 2016 6

The government wants to bail out Australia's large opera companies. But small-to-medium companies suffering under funding cuts are not happy.