Murdoch's News Ltd criticises media review

2012-04-30 14:00
Sydney - Media baron Rupert Murdoch's News Limited on Monday criticised Australia's review of media and communications regulation, saying it was flawed and recommended too much government interference.

The independent review found Australia's policy and regulatory framework for content services was focused on the traditional structures of the 1990s - broadcasting and telecommunications - and outdated in the digital era.

It said regulation should be kept to a minimum but there were three areas where government intervention was justified in the public interest - media ownership, content standards, and the provision of Australian content.

"A key finding of the Review was that the community expects significant enterprises controlling professional media content to have some obligations, no matter how they deliver their services," it said.

"The Review proposes a policy framework that will regulate these enterprises based on their size and scope, rather than how they deliver their content."

It said the proposed framework would be concerned only with professional content such as 'television-like' services and newspaper content but exclude social media and other user-generated content.

'Serious flaws'


At a local level, it suggested a "minimum number of owners" rule to ensure that no media operator held a dominant influence in a market for news and commentary.

It also said the existing media watchdog be scrapped, recommending a statutory regulator for operators and a new industry-led body to oversee journalistic standards for news and commentary across all platforms.

But chief executive of Murdoch's Australian operation News Limited, Kim Williams, said the report appeared to suffer from "at least four primary serious flaws" including that it recommended more "heavy-handed regulation".

He said it proposed new regulations which were imprecisely defined and it recommended increasing regulation on traditional media companies via additional rules relating to ownership, Australian content and press complaints.

"It bizarrely excludes from regulation some powerful companies who compete against traditional media companies today," he added.

Murdoch is the dominant player in Australia's media market, holding about 70% of the nation's newspapers.

Government yet to respond

But review chairperson Glen Boreham dismissed the criticism, saying the idea "there would be a Big Brother, all-encroaching entity is wrong".

"It's not more regulation, it's better and more effective regulation," he said, The Australian reported.

The government is yet to respond to the report.

Read more on:    rupert murdoch  |  australia  |  media
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

Goalkeeper saves five penalties with his FACE!

Nothing, and we mean nothing, will keep goalkeeper Scott Stirling from stopping the ball!

 
 

Men24.com

This invention makes farts smell like chocolate!
11 things men don’t know about their clothes
Hilarious mortal kombat elevator prank!
Hottie of the day: Nicole Meyer!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The Moon has moved into your sign, emphasizing the need to connect things to work together. There is a tendency to focus too far...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.