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Media reforms announced at last, but serious questions remain

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 12 Mar 2013

"Today's remarkable ultimatum on media reform by the Communications Minister laid out key elements of the package that have been speculated on for months," Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

"On the basis of the Minister's ‘take it or leave it' approach, the Greens will not be declaring a position until we have actually seen the bills.

"The Greens have previously called for a public interest test on major media mergers and acquisitions, and for protection of the right of the ABC and SBS to operate online - which were two positive components in the Minister's announcements.

"On the other hand, the Minister was silent on what benchmarks various Press Councils will be required to meet, did not express a view on preserving ABC production capabilities across all states and territories, and, apart from a brief mention of spectrum for community TV, did not mention the community broadcasting sector at all.

"On this basis, in addition to the confusion being generated by some commercial broadcasters on their view of the lifting of the 75% ‘reach rule', there remain serious question marks over the package."



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