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Radio has a strong and vibrant future: Mitch Fifield #CRAConf

Friday 07 October, 2016
Officially opening the CRA Conference, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield talked about his failed attempt to get into radio early in his career.
I went to 2UE to try and get a job and Rod Spargo said to me, “if every fibre of your being doesn’t want to rip the microphone from the person on air at the moment, you're not suited to this job.”

Licence fees the original super profits tax: Fifield

Thursday 10 March, 2016

As Communications MInisiter Mitch Fifield continues his public discussions about changes to media laws, today he held out the carrot of removing radio and tv licence fees as part of the proposed changes.

On Sky TV he told Graham Richardson:

"I entirely understand the argument of the Free-to-Airs. Licence fees were introduced in the late 1950s for radio and TV when there were no alternatives in terms of electronic media. It was, if you like, the original super profits tax.

Current media laws were designed for an analog world

Thursday 03 March, 2016

Speaking to Fran Kelly on Radio National breakfast, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said the proposed new media laws about about making sure media laws reflect the world we currently live in.

"I think it’s a case of making sure that our media laws reflect the reality of the world that we live in. The current media laws were designed in and for an analogue world. When print, radio and TV were just about it.

Media merger rule changes pass through Cabinet

Wednesday 24 February, 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's cabinet today approved rule changes that could open up the Australian media landscape, if passed through Parliament.

Although the potential changes are more significant for television than radio, they could still have a big effect on radio network ownership.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield says he wants to introduce legislation as soon as possible to change the Reach and Two Out of Three rules, which date back to before mobile telephones and the internet.

CRA celebrates radio at Parliament House

Friday 05 February, 2016

The CRA Board was at Parliament House on Wednesday night to remind Canberra of the importance and influence of commercial radio. 
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten addressed the group. 

A cut to radio licence fees?

Monday 25 January, 2016

Communication's Minister Mitch Fifield has hinted radio licence fees could be cut after reviews by his department. 

In an interview with Sky News Chief Political Reporter Kieran Gilbert, Senator Fifield said TV and radio licence fees were introduced in the late 1950s when the only media options for people were print, radio and TV.


I’m keen to see both the reach rule and the two out of three put forward as a package: Mitch Fifield

Wednesday 20 January, 2016

Speaking today at a doorstop interview in Canberra, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield told reporters that he is keen to see both the reach rule and the two out of three put forward as a package, but that he will need to be sure of Senate cooperation before putting legislation forward.

While lobbying for a change to the rules is mostly being driven by the television industry, lifting the rule could have significant implications for regional radio networks.

#CRAConf makes the 'switch to Mitch'

Friday 09 October, 2015

New Communications Minister Mitch Fifield delivered his ministerial address by video after former Communications Minister Turnbull had to pull out of this year’s CRA conference when he took the top job of Prime Minister recently.

Commercial radio industry welcomes new Minister for Communications

Monday 21 September, 2015

The commercial radio industry today welcomed the appointment of Senator Mitch Fifield as Federal Minister for Communications.
CRA Chief Executive Joan Warner said: “CRA congratulates Minister Fifield on his appointment and we look forward to working closely with him.” 


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