Australia: Media sector consolidation and the ACCC

Last Updated: 4 December 2017
Article by Martyn Taylor and Louie Liu

The changes to the media diversity rules

On 16 October 2017, the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Act 2017 (Cth) was enacted to amend Australia's media cross-ownership rules, also known as the 'diversity rules'. Relevantly, the Act repealed the '2 out of 3' rule and '75% reach' rule with effect from 17 October 2017. Three media diversity rules still remain, as summarised below:

Name Rule Status
'2 out of 3' rule A person must not be in a position to exercise control over more than two out of the following three types of media platforms in any CRB licence area: