Media Wrap: Media owners vs. government; Nova's challenge; Presto to put foot on the accelerator

By AdNews | 9 March 2015

Media owners to unite against retention laws

Rival publishers and broadcasters have come together to form a coalition of the unwilling on metadata legislation.

The CEOs of Seven, Nine, Ten, and News Corp spoke to The Australian on the retention laws, their first such comments from the CEOs on the issue.

They are seeking to remove key provisions of the legislation which removes the right for journalists to protect anonymous sources.

Nine's “bizarre” approach to reform

Nine Entertainment Company commercial director Amanda Laing has taken the opportunity presented by the Broadcast Digital Media Summit to lash out at the government over its reticence toward media ownership reform.

The Australian Financial Review has reported Laing's comments at the summit, hitting out at the government for not moving on ownership reforms until there was broad consensus in the industry.

“There is this bizarre approach, which is that unless and until the people involved in the industry can agree what should happen, nothing will happen, which is a very strange approach to government,” Laing said.

Smooth throws down the gauntlet

Nova Entertainment group marketing director Tony Thomas has thrown down the gauntlet to rivals, saying it's only a matter of time until smoothfm will become the number one station in Sydney.

In comments given to The Australian, Thomas called out rival stations WSFM and KIIS ahead of the first ratings survey release tomorrow.

“We have every confidence smoothfm will get to the [number one] position; it's just a matter of when,” Thomas said.

Presto set to unveil content lineup

Subscription video on demand (SVOD) platform Presto is set to unveil a suite of content deals as the tie-up between Seven West and Foxtel goes forward with Australian Consumer and Competition Commission approval.

The Australian Financial Review has reported that the SVOD platform is set to ramp things up in light of the approval.

It also dismissed rumours that it had been hamstrung by Foxtel, which is keen to protect its own pay TV business.

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