A new local content point system for regional broadcasters could be part of media reforms, to ensure local news remains a priority.
The proposal, reported by the Australian Financial Review, is said to be part of Communication Minister Mitch Fifield’s plan to appease National Party politicians.
It reports regional television operators would be required to produce 900 points of local content every six weeks, equating to about 30 minutes a day.
Because of concerns that regional television already centralises supposed “regional” coverage in one centre, and provides so-called rip and read coverage of press releases, there would be different points weightings for different forms of news, with locally produced television vision gaining three points compared to one point for reading out a rip and read press release.
Regional television operators are hoping it would only affect incoming owners.
The proposal would be part of wider reforms dropping the reach rule and the two-out-of-three rule.