Having announced that it will commission an independent media
review, the Australian Government has today released the terms of
reference for it, and that it will have some overlap with the
Convergence Review that is also underway.
The inquiry will be conducted independently of Government, led
by former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, Ray
Finkelstein QC, with the assistance of Dr Matthew Ricketson,
Professor of Journalism at Canberra University.
The media inquiry's terms of reference
The independent panel will inquire into and report on:
The effectiveness of the current media codes of practice in
Australia, particularly in light of technological change that is
leading to the migration of print media to digital and online
The impact of this technological change on the business model
that has supported the investment by traditional media
organisations in quality journalism and the production of news, and
how such activities can be supported, and diversity enhanced, in
the changed media environment;
Ways of substantially strengthening the independence and
effectiveness of the Australian Press Council, including in
relation to on-line publications, and with particular reference to
the handling of complaints;
Any related issues pertaining to the ability of the media to
operate according to regulations and codes of practice, and in the
What happens next?
We know the review panel must report to the Government by 28
February 2012. It will also have to work with the Convergence
Review committee to ensure that findings are incorporated into the
ultimate report of the Convergence Review by the end of March
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