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John Howard can teach us a thing or two about respecting the ABC’s independence

John Howard can teach us a thing or two about respecting the ABC’s independence

The Turnbull government's abandonment of formal processes for communicating with the ABC always looked likely to come back and bite it. They should've taken cues from Honest John.

Worse than Alston: Turnbull’s hypocritical jihad against the ABC

Worse than Alston: Turnbull’s hypocritical jihad against the ABC

The government's "inquiry" into the ABC and Zaky Mallah breaches even the precedent established by the Howard government. And it's profoundly hypocritical.

The 30-year history of trying (and failing) to make ABC cuts

The 30-year history of trying (and failing) to make ABC cuts

Successive governments have let the ABC adapt to its environment rather than take on the difficult task of discussing what public broadcasting should mean.

Consumers and shareholders come last in media ownership reform

Consumers and shareholders come last in media ownership reform

Consumers and shareholders miss out whenever governments start talking about allowing more media ownership changes, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

The day News Ltd supported newspaper regulation

The day News Ltd supported newspaper regulation

News Ltd and the Coalition have previously backed far more draconian regulation of newspaper operations than that proposed by the Gillard government. How times change.

Millions for a tiny record label with powerful players

Millions for a tiny record label with powerful players

The story of Melba Recordings' special deal with the Australian government shows that when it comes to arts funding, friends in high places can still deliver the goods.

Streams, digital dreams and regulatory gaps

Streams, digital dreams and regulatory gaps

Regulating the internet like TV is suddenly on the agenda again. But we've been here before.

How Australia ended up with <em>five</em> terrible, govt-funded TV stations

How Australia ended up with five terrible, govt-funded TV stations

Australians once had a chance to get new and original TV channels. Instead, we got repeats of Alf and something called "Slamball" -- and we're now paying for the privilege. Peter Martin explains how the networks pulled it off.

Alston’s cold, dead hand still controls broadband

Alston’s cold, dead hand still controls broadband

The National Broadband Network should be the solution to Australia's commerical television woes. It isn't.

Is Janet a Heffer?

Is Janet a Heffer?

The Liberal post mortems may have only just begun, but it’s never too early to start thinking of the next election, writes Christian Kerr.