We’d like to welcome you to INQ, Crikey’s ambitious new inquiry journalism initiative. Starting June 24, INQ investigative reporting — lifting the rocks, connecting the dots, following the money trail and exposing misuse of power — will appear regularly in Crikey.
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Tamsin Creed, Publisher
European Parliament has just agreed to landmark content quotas for Netflix and Amazon. Will Australia follow?
Despite the hype, the government's media ownership reforms are relatively modest. And history shows they're not likely to successful mergers. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.
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.
Australian content is being diluted by multi-channelling, according to a new Screen Australia report released yesterday.
The Australian tells Fairfax how to do its job. Plus, Free TV Australia wants to loosen the Australian content quota restrictions placed on Australian FTA broadcasters and other media news of the day.
The government plans to change the restrictions that force media proprietors to maintain levels of local presence on regional radio after a change in ownership. Expect amalgamated newsrooms, hubbed content and fewer jobs for reporters.
Australia's digital channels are still exempt from the "55% local content" rules. Given they just got a $250k hand-out from the government under the guise of protecting Australian TV, isn't it time some quotas were enforced? asks David Knox.
What’s going on behind the scenes on the thorny issue of protecting local content on regional radio? Or to put it another way, what has Max Moore-Wilton, formerly John Howard’s right hand man and now Chair of Macquarie Media Group, been promised?