A brief history of news media regulation

Comment & compilation by Barry Tucker          January 10, 2013

Attempts to find an ideal model of news media ownership and regulation in Australia have been going on for some decades. Journalists have been eager, involved and then denied. Owners have been interested, involved, disenchanted and manipulative. Some politicians got their hands dirty. The latest effort, based on the Finkelstein Inquiry (see below), is being debated.

Professor Wendy Bacon produced and published a timeline of this history from 1971 to 2011 in newmatilda.com. Ms Bacon, an academic, investigative journalist and former head of the Journalism Program at the University of Technology, Sydney, is a board member of the Pacific Media Centre                 ( http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/ ) and a contributing editor for newmatilda.com,

No Rules For Murdoch To Break

By Wendy Bacon               July 20, 2011

Wendy Bacon

Wendy Bacon

HOW did we end up with a corrupt multinational running the country’s most powerful media company? [Rupert] Murdoch’s long record of opposing press regulation has helped — as our timeline shows:

Follow the timeline: http://bit.ly/odBMU9

Online magazine The Conversation rounded up news media commentator and academic opinion on the Finkelstein Inquiry on March 2, 2012.

The Finkelstein Inquiry into media regulation: Experts respond

Read that story here: http://bit.ly/yKA45n