Australia’s liberal government under ex Goldman Sachs Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has decided to scrap media ownership laws in the country. Currently the law has a two out of three rule which allows a media company to own only two outlets such as a newspaper and radio station or a TV station and a newspaper. The new law will see one outlet able to own all three, a newspaper, radio station and TV station. The government is also to scrap the reach rule which is restricted to a media company broadcasting to more than 75% of the population.
Some industry ‘experts’ have suggested that diversity in Australia’s media landscape may become an issue because of these reforms. Wow, they needed experts to suggest that.
This will mean that we will have less freedom of the news we get if that’s possible and even more propaganda will be the norm. I was brought up on the basis that there are two sides to every story. We already only get one sided stories as it is now and it seems like the TPP has arrived already. The oligarchs have too much say as it is now so the government decide to give them more say in our lives.
Rupert Murdoch is upset that the siphoning rules still remain the same. The siphoning rule currently stops pay television companies buying the rights to broadcast a live event before it is seen on free to air television. If this rule is changed (which it will be) I believe we will see less kids playing sport because their parents will have to pay about $50 a month if they wish to see any sport. Not many parents can afford that cost. The cost to actually go to see a live game is expensive as well. I had pay TV once and got rid of it pretty quick after finding it was mainly just a whole lot more of the same repeated shows that were crap to start with.