Goverment set to overhaul media regulations

By By Prue Corlette | 14 December 2010
Federal communications minister Stephen Conroy.

The Federal Government has kicked off a review of the regulatory framework of the media and comms industry in a bid to bring it up to speed with the digital age.

The government has released a draft Terms of Reference in a bid to overhaul the decades-old regulatory framework which governs media and communications.

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said in a statement that technological innovations were rapidly leading to a converged media age and it was time to review current media and communications regulations.

"Regulations designed to promote community standards, ensure a diversity of views, encourage competition and protect original Australian content are all important measures underpinning the effective operation of Australia’s media and communications sector," Senator Conroy said.

"However, the Government recognises that regulatory measures designed in the 1980s may not be the most appropriate for the 21st Century. We need to ensure that Australia’s regulatory framework continues to operate effectively and appropriately in a converged environment."

Public comment and contribution to the debate is encouraged on Twitter using the hashtag #converg.

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