Media reform moves closer, Xenophon deal reported

Rosie Baker
By Rosie Baker | 11 September 2017
Communications minister Mitch Fifield at the National Radio Conference

Media reform could be moving ever closer to passing through the Senate, according to The Australian today. 

Darren Davidson reports that “a series of tense conference calls over the weekend” have put the bill closer to compromise from Cross Benchers that have been set against passing the bill.

It’s thought Nick Xenophon’s team have “thrashed out a deal” that includes the provision of new funding to regional news organisations.

The media reform bill has been scheduled for debate today.

Senator Mitch Fifield is quoted in The Australian saying: “I have had a number of positive conversations with crossbench colleagues over recent days. I am hopeful that agreement can be reached to enable passage of this vital legislation this week.”
The Australian reports that the Greens continue to oppose the bill.

Senator Fifield was placed at number two in the AdNews Power List 2017. Read more about why here.

The media industry is poised for the change, which, if passed, will be the largest wholesale changes for the media industry in more than a decade.

Media owners who have banded together to support the bill in an unprecedented show of unity from fierce rivals, which demonstrates the desperate need for reform to allow media organisations to modernise and operate on a level playing field. 

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