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Broadcasting Act changes may bring complications

Sunday 15 July, 2018

At the end of last month two amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act passed the Senate, and now move to the House of Representatives.

Last year, when Media Reform was a hot topic, three Senators raised a number of issues about broadcasting that they wanted addressed in return for their support of changes to broadcasting legislation.

What’s really behind the SCA Restructure?

Wednesday 04 July, 2018

Analysis and opinion from Brad Smart


Election advertising inequity: Spotify exempt but Radio ads breach guidelines

Saturday 11 November, 2017

Last week 7HO was found to have breached the rules of the Broadcasting Services Act by not properly tagging a political ad with the required 'particulars' at the end of the ad.

This week in Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk is airing ads on Spotify that do not contain the required 'particulars' for political advertising, but she will not have any problems.


Minister Fifield closer to a cross bench deal for media reforms

Thursday 17 August, 2017

Discussions continue with Senate cross benchers to secure the passage of the Media Reform package.

The package has the unanimous support of the Australian media industry, but is yet to gain majority support in parliament.

The Xenophon Senators "understand the pressures facing Australian media and share the Government’s desire to secure reform" according to the Minister's office, and are on the verge of supporting the media reform bill.

The Government has reached "in-principle agreement" with the Xenophon Team on four measures.

Fifield accuses Labor of “pure opportunism” for blocking media reform package

Monday 10 July, 2017

The normally understated Communications Minister, Senator Mitch Fifield didn’t hold back yesterday on Sky News, Sunday Agenda suggesting that if Labor persists in blocking the proposed media reforms in the Senate then many more jobs would be lost as Australian based media outlets find it harder to compete with international rivals available online.

Interim financial relief announced for Australian broadcasters

Wednesday 28 June, 2017

As the Government works to reform media laws aimed at supporting the viability of local organisations facing increasing global competition in a rapidly changing digital landscape, Communications Minister Senator Mitch Fifield has announced interim financial relief to Australian broadcasters "in the wake of Labor’s refusal to back reforms that support the viability of the Australian media industry and secure thousands of jobs".

Mitch Fifield: 'Parliament must act on media reforms to protect Australian jobs'

Wednesday 14 June, 2017

In our continuing coverage of media reforms Communications Minister Senator Mitch Fifield has today again called for bipartisan cooperation in achieving media reforms, following Network Ten's announcement that it will enter voluntary administration.

"The Turnbull Government and industry leaders have been warning for some time that Australia's media industry is under pressure and needs reform.

'Change is crucial to bring media regulation into the digital age' #supportausmedia

Wednesday 31 May, 2017

"Change is crucial to bring media regulation into the digital age and preserve the future viability of the sector, which supports more than 30,000 jobs," said a joint statement from Australia's Media CEOs from Canberra today.


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