Viewing articles in Tag:

media ownership

Filter Articles

Simple amendments would save media package

One day and two inquiries into examination of the media reform package, the Greens are not ready to throw the Convergence and Finkelstein Reviews into the dustbin.

"We have expressed concerns about the process and content of the media package proposed by the government on a ‘take it or leave it basis', however, parts of it have merit and should proceed," Australian Greens Communications spokesperson Senator Ludlam said today.

"Giving up on the reforms means the bullies have won.

Read more

One year and two reviews later – media reform has been delayed long enough

The Australian Greens today urged the Federal Government to finally take action on media reform.

Greens communication spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Government had sat on the Finkelstein report and Convergence Review long enough to produce a response.

"It is time the Government brought forward the full package of media reforms; a package that should promote media diversity and prevent further concentration of media ownership, protect the ABC and SBS, and promote community broadcasting.

Read more

Greens act to protect public interest; Private Bill to implement Convergence Review test

The Australian Greens will introduce into Parliament this week a Bill to protect the democratic interests of all Australians by implementing a public interest test for changes in control of major media companies, based on that recommended by the Convergence Review and the ACCC.

"If we want to ensure that all Australians benefit from a flourishing, independent, diverse media landscape now and into the future, we have an obligation to start acting to protect that landscape," said Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

Read more

Workers come last as Fairfax bosses clean house for Rinehart

The Australian Greens expressed shock and disappointment today at the news almost 2000 Fairfax workers face the sack.

"Our first thoughts are for the many Fairfax employees and their families who now face major uncertainty and insecurity," said the Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.

"We are greatly concerned about what these changes mean for the future of quality journalism in Australia. Combined with the creeping acquisition of Fairfax by Gina Rinehart, this is shaping up to be a bad week for media diversity and independence.

Read more

UK findings on Murdoch empire strengthen case for reform of ownership concentration rules

The majority finding by a British Parliamentary committee that media kingpin Rupert Murdoch is unfit to run an international company reinforces the need to reform Australia's media ownership laws, the Australian Greens said today.

The Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the long-running phone hacking scandal engulfing the Murdoch empire bolstered the Convergence review finding that the concentration of media ownership in Australia is harmful.

Read more

Converging on media reforms

The Greens have welcomed the final report of the Convergence Review into Australia's changing media landscape.

"For the first time in years we have a focus on the harm caused by concentration of media ownership. The Greens will carefully evaluate proposals to reform media ownership rules and introduce a public interest test," Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

Read more