If this concerns you, please send your objections via Avaaz and be sure to reblog to let others know what is going on.
Dear friends across Australia,
A draft government proposal would wipe out almost all media ownership limits in Australia — giving Murdoch free reign over what we read, see and hear! We have just two weeks to flood the government with comments rejecting this proposal — before Murdoch’s dream becomes a reality. Click below to send your message and forward to everyone:
Free reign to control every last newspaper, TV and radio station in Australia — Rupert Murdoch’s fantasy could become a frightening reality unless we stand in his way right now.
A government review is recommending we eliminate ownership limits — exactly what Murdoch asked for. But we have two weeks to flood the review with objections to their plan during the public comment period before they finalise the report. Unless thousands of us speak out, the recommendations could go forward unchallenged.
Nobody — especially not Rupert Murdoch — should be allowed to own all of our media. Let’s wake up the review with our call — and prevent the Murdoch Mafia from growing even larger. Send your urgent message directly to the review by clicking below:
Last month, more than 12,000 of us sent comments to the Independent Media Inquiry and kept attention focused on the need for greater media diversity. But now, a lesser-known industry review process has tabled recommendations that would undo our hard work and undermine the major media inquiry we won just months ago. The industry review, not surprisingly, sides with Murdoch — claiming that the digital age renders media ownership limits irrelevant, and asking for a weak ‘public interest test’ as the only safeguard against another media mafia — this, even though Australia already has the most concentrated media ownership in the Western world.
The review will help shape the future of media in Australia, and Murdoch’s hoping for a big lobbying win. To make sure our voice is heard above his, we need to submit a wave of comments to the review in the next few days.
Let’s show that the public opposes media monopolies — click below to submit a comment now:
Together, Avaaz members are turning the tide on Murdoch in Australia and around the world. We won the Media Inquiry he tried to kill, and then derailed his bid to snatch a $223 million contract away from ABC. Let’s come together again to end the Murdoch dream come true, defend our democracy from his lobbyists, and promote a more sane and independent media.
Emma, Brant, Paul, Alice, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz team
P.S. See below for the full submission to the major media review from Avaaz.
Australian Government Convergence Review:
Avaaz detailed submission to the Convergence Review:
Media ownership laws in firing line (Sydney Morning Herald):
Media ownership laws destined for the dustbin (The Power Index):
Review recommends axing cross-media laws (ABC):
I’m not the slightest bit offended by this.
I’m not American, but I figured this belongs here.
I think it’s adorable when people base their opinions on Americans based on what they see on American news. What they fail to realize is that my country is the world’s number one source of entertainment. Movies, music, and televistion. Thus, our news is based on a ratings system, so they only report stories they know viewers will be interested in. They get more viewers, the ratings get higher, advertisersing space becomes more valuable, networks make more money. Because people within my own country and worldwide love to consider themselves superior to other people, segments that involve uneducated, obese, or mentally ill people tend to spread faster than other stories. These people do not make up the majority of Americans. They are very much in the minority, they just get a lot of attention.
The eagle’s all in good fun. I’m sure there are plenty of lovely, awesome people in America too (in fact, I know there is). We have ratings driven news in Australia too (I live in Rupert Murdoch’s hometown for goodness sakes) and I agree it sucks.
I enjoy this one.We, the undersigned, request that the Australian Press Council conduct an investigation into News Corp Australia’s media coverage of the 2013 Australian federal election campaign. We also request that appropriate action is taken to prevent this from happening again in the…
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(Source: accidentaldeletion)"As Crikey noted back in August, News Corporation’s enthusiastic support for Tony Abbott’s election comes with a quid pro quo: the company’s long list of media “reforms” that will serve its interests. And one of the key reforms is reducing the capacity of the ABC to compete with News Corp outlets.Crikey, via Loon Pond.
News executives have long argued that public broadcasting is a direct threat to them — as James Murdoch, before he become perhaps phone-hacking’s most high-profile victim, complained about the BBC in Britain. And it is: the ABC will always provide Australians with a free, high-quality news service while companies like News Corp and Fairfax shift their operations behind a paywall. Moreover, the ABC consistently scores far higher as a trusted news source for Australians than anyone else in the media, and especially News Corp’s outlets, which are rated amongst the least-trusted. This is as it should be: the ABC is funded by taxpayers, who are entitled to expect they will get a better product than that produced by the commercial sector. And it is by no means the case that the ABC’s news coverage is perfect — but it has a transparent, independent statutory complaints process for its TV and radio services, something no newspaper or online media outlet can claim.
The true motivation for The Australian’s assault on the ABC — made on the day that one of the most significant phone-hacking trials, that of one-time Rupert Murdoch favourite Rebekah Brooks, begins in London — is an attempt to undermine a rival outlet, one that Australians trust and rely on far more than they ever will for News Corp’s products. News Corp newspapers are dying — some, like its tabloids, dying slowly; others, like The Australian, which loses tens of millions of dollars a year, dying more quickly. And they’re desperate for anything that will make life easier for them.
That’s the context in which the decisions of the Abbott government in relation to the national broadcasters must be considered. Any reductions in funding will confirm that the government indeed feels bound to return News Corp’s many favours by undermining its competition. And that debt will be one that all Australians end up paying."