Conroy shifts the media goal posts

Recommendations in Canberra's interim media convergence report could well spark a wave of merger activity, but they wouldn't lead to less regulation – only a shift of emphasis.

The potential for another outbreak of merger mania within the ‘old’ media is capturing most of the attention in responses to the interim report of the federal government’s convergence review. The more significant aspect of the report, however, lies in its recommendations that would extend regulation of content across the media landscape.

At the heart of the interim recommendations is a new structure for media regulation – the creation of a new "independent" regulator with as yet ill-defined but broad powers and discretion to make rules relating to industry structure and content.

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