Some expected Stephen Conroy to do nothing on media reform in an election year. He's done something -- but it's not much, and it may not pass Parliament anyway. The government's minimalist approach fails to address convergence.
Labor has finally delivered a blueprint on media reform. But there's not much to it, and it wants Parliament to pass it immediately. Stephen Conroy, frustrated by delays, is betting big.
Media ownership is a notoriously difficult issue -- both for politicians and the press. Bernard Keane explains why governments today face challenges their predecessors didn't have to deal with.
Australia is entering a "convergent media policy moment", according to academic Terry Flew. How will the various pieces of the cultural puzzle fit together on this difficult issue?
Time is ticking for the government to act on media regulation. There's plenty of talk inside the government but nothing concrete is emerging. Could it all be too hard?
There'll be growing pressure on governments to regulate social media like traditional media as more Australians use it. But Tony Abbott and the Coalition seem lost on the issue.
Yesterday, Bernard Keane untangled some of the false arguments behind opposition to a public interest test for media ownership. Today, David Salter reviews the parallel campaign against content regulation.
Kim Williams' speech dealing with media regulation were so utterly cack-handed, writes David Salter, veteran journalist and former Media Watch executive producer.
If the Gillard government stares down the nation's media bosses and introduces a public interest test for media ownership that's tough, effective and free from political interference, it will be the first government in the world to do so.