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
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.
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.
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