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Paul Fletcher replaces Mitch Fifield as Communicatons Minister

Monday 27 May, 2019

The radio industry has welcomed the appointment of Paul Fletcher as the new Federal Minister for Communications, Cybersafety and the Arts in the Morrison Government.

Labor pledges to reverse Liberal cuts to the ABC

Thursday 07 March, 2019

The Shadow Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland, says Labor has committed to reversing the Liberals’ $83.7 million cut to the ABC, as well as guaranteeing stable funding over the next budget cycle.

Labor says a question mark continues to hang over the Enhanced Newsgathering Program funding for the ABC which was introduced by Labor in 2013, then cut back by the Liberals.

Funding runs out in only a few months and the Minister has not confirmed whether it will be continued.
 

Distinctive content makes ABC a priceless national asset: David Anderson at Senate Estimates

Tuesday 30 October, 2018

Acting ABC Managing Director David Anderson performed well in his first Senate committee hearing last week in Canberra.
 
Answering a range of questions about the turmoil of the last couple of months, Anderson was forthcoming about issues facing the national broadcaster as he answered the questions from Senators.
 
In an opening statement he said:
 

MEAA launches campaign objecting to ABC cuts

Tuesday 15 May, 2018

'Hundreds of jobs have been lost.'

Commercial Radio Australia in Canberra for Parliament House event

Wednesday 07 February, 2018

The event was hosted by 2GB breakfast presenter Alan Jones.  

Recognition of the important work you do: Communications Minister Fifield #CBAAConf

Friday 10 November, 2017
In a recorded address to the CBAA Conference, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield recognised the "thousands of dedicated volunteers across the country" who work in the community radio sector.

"The Turnbull government is a very strong supporter of the community broadcasting sector... We have increased investment in community radio by $6.1 million over the next two years. This additional support os recognition of the important work community broadcasters do across Australia.

Media reform delayed as parties negotiate further

Friday 18 August, 2017

A week is a long time in politics.

At the beginning of the week the media reform bill was stalled.

Then Pauline Hanson's party promised to support the reforms if there were additional conditions imposed on the ABC and SBS.

But that approach lost the support of Nick Xenophon and the Greens.

Media companies have expressed disappointment that the government could not reach agreement with he various cross bench parties.

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.

Q&A comes to Radio Alive 2017 conference

Thursday 10 August, 2017

Successful discussion panel program Q&A will headline Radio Alive 2017, the radio industry’s annual national conference in Melbourne on 13 October. 

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.

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