Media Reform Green Paper

PIJI’s submission to the Media Reform Green Paper — Modernising television regulation in Australia, recommends that to maximise public benefit from any proposed television broadcast reforms, the government should clearly articulate its public policy goals for news media, with a specific emphasis on safeguards and innovation for public interest journalism across all platforms of news production.

Submission on the Media Reform Green Paper: Modernising television regulation in Australia
July 2021
Submission Key Recommendations

PIJI’s Submission on the Media Reform Green Paper: Modernising television regulation in Australia noted that television remains a trusted source of news for Australians. It recommended that:

  • As a complement to content obligations, any new broadcasting regulatory framework should be designed to incentivise news programming and diversity, and where direct relief is provided, it should carry some obligation to that public benefit.
  • Any transition must ensure that Australians do not experience any decrease in access to news content wherever they reside in Australia and that they continue to enjoy a choice of Australian news providers.
  • Media regulation also needs to encompass the different commercial realities faced by regional, remote and metropolitan broadcasters.
  • While there are fundamental differences between public and commercial broadcasters, any reform must be inclusive of common interest, specifically regarding safeguards and innovation for public interest journalism.

PIJI’s submission also supported the Green Paper’s proposal for a Public Interest News Gathering (PING) Trust, funded by the sale of broadcast spectrum and providing grants to public interest journalism producers.

Green Paper Background and Key Documents

The Media Reform Green Paper

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication’s Media Reform Green Paper, published in November 2020, detailed a potential plan for regulatory reforms to help sustain the free-to-air television sector and its delivery of Australian news and other content.

Key Documents

Submission on the Media Reform Green Paper – Modernising television regulation in Australia, Public Interest Journalism Initiative, July 2021

Media Reform Green Paper – Modernising television regulation in Australia, Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, November 2020

Project Details

This submission was developed by PIJI’s Policy Working Group, supported by PIJI staff:

  • Dr Karen Lee, Policy Manager, Public Interest Journalism Initiative
  • Anna Draffin, Chief Executive Officer, Public Interest Journalism Initiative

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