Australia: A modern tragedy, Nine-Fairfax merger a disaster for quality media – Denis Muller

27 07 2018

File 20180726 106511 eurlv2.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1All deaths are sudden, even if long expected.  Appropriately enough, this is the opening sentence of a book called Journalism in a Culture of Grief. And if ever there was a time of grief for journalism in Australia, it is the announcement that Nine Entertainment is taking over Fairfax Media. Read the rest of this entry »





We must keep the focus on why plurality is important – Robert G Picard

15 02 2015

Screen-Shot-2014-10-21-at-12.55.07-PM-150x150The House of Lords inquiry into media pluralism this past year and the Department for Culture Media and Sport’s request that Ofcom consider how pluralism should be measured are healthy developments that bring significant attention to the challenges facing news and public affairs content. It comes simultaneously with the EU’s Media Pluralism Monitor study of the UK that has identified some areas for concern that UK policymakers should consider. Read the rest of this entry »





When are we going to do something about media power? – Des Freedman

9 03 2014

Media PluralismMedia moguls are losing their power. At least that is what Rupert Murdoch thinks. As he tweeted back in 2012, during a discussion about a possible bid for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, ‘haven’t you heard of the Internet? No one controls the media or will ever again’. Read the rest of this entry »





UK falls to Number 33 in global press freedom rankings – Amy O’Donoghue

14 02 2014

WebFollowing government harassment of journalists and editors, the UK has fallen from number 29 to 33 on Reporters Without Borders’ annual World Press Freedom Index. Read the rest of this entry »





EU Commission opens consultations on media freedom and pluralism and audiovisual media regulator independence

27 03 2013

logo_enOn 22 March 2013 the European Commission launched  two public consultations, open until 14 June 2013.  The consultations formalise a debate started by recommendations made in January 2013 by an independent High Level Group (HLG) on Media Freedom and Pluralism convened by the Commission. Read the rest of this entry »