Media ownership laws in Australia

Front page of The Sunday Telegraph on 1 September December 2013. The tabloid newspaper is the weekend edition of the Daily Telegraph, owned by News Corp.
Front page of The Sunday Telegraph on 1 September December 2013. The tabloid newspaper is the weekend edition of the Daily Telegraph, owned by News Corp.

Media ownership in Australia is divided between commercial, national public broadcasters and not-for-profit community broadcasters. Australian media ownership is one of the most concentrated in the world – 11 of the 12 city newspapers in this country are owned by either News Corp Australia or Fairfax Media.

Here’s an informative video on who owns what, according to SBS Factbox.

There is also a pretty straight forward wikipedia entry on the subject, as well as an opinion piece and counter-response from the online publication The Conversation.

What laws are in place in Australia that control and regulate ownership of the media? Do you think these newspapers act in the ‘public interest’?

Discuss in the comments section below.

 

 

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