An Impasse on Media Laws
As Inside Canberra went to press on Friday it was clear that the government and the
Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) had reached an impasse when it came to the passage of the media laws through the Senate.
The media law reforms proposed by the government include converting the license fees to spectrum charges and significantly reducing them as well as scrapping the ‘two out of three rule’ which stops an individual or company owning a newspaper, TV station and radio station in the same license area.
The proposed shake-up of media laws would also axe the ‘reach rule’ which prevents a single TV broadcaster from reaching more than 75% of the population.
However Senator Xenophon, while sympathetic to the reforms, is concerned that mergers will lead to the loss of jobs for journalists.
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