Govt to begin meetings with network bosses
Canberra will begin meetings with network bosses, after signalling media reforms are on the agenda.
Newly-installed Communications Minister Mitch Fifield will start meetings with TV industry bosses from October 12th.
The dialogue follows the Turnbull government signalling media reforms are on the agenda, possibly without industry consensus.
The Australian Financial Review reports Regional networks are recommending a clause be added to their licenses requiring any potential buyer must maintain current local content output.
While Southern Cross is close to the 18 minutes a day, of minimum local news, while Prime and WIN TV both exceed the minimum required of them. The The Save Our Voices campaign, which also includes Imparja, has argued media reform will save regional news -which has also been trimmed by some broadcasters under current regulation.
Seven boss Tim Worner has previously branded the campaign a scare campaign to enable them to “sell out at the highest price.”
WIN is reportedly considering closing further news services in Queensland unless there are changes that allow them to compete more effectively.