Former Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman, Rod Sims is continuing to try and spin the myth that the News Media Bargaining Code, which was put in place last year, can be used to dictate things to either Google or Facebook.
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Former ACCC chair Rod Sims says under the terms of an ongoing Treasury review into the News Media Bargaining Code, social media giant Facebook should be forced to negotiate and strike content deals with outlets like SBS and The Conversation.
Australia's news media bargaining code is being reviewed after its first year of operation, but the Federal Government has signalled that it will not force any company that has not adhered to the requirements of the code to do so.
The Coalition Government has outlined an extensive investment in the Communications and Arts sectors through the 2022-23 Budget, with over $5.6 billion to benefit industry, local organisations, communities and families Australia-wide.
Australia's consumer watchdog is seeking input from consumers, businesses and others as it examines legislative options to address the dominance of digital platforms.
The Australian Government, it appears, does not believe in the old saying, "once bitten, twice shy". After being humiliated by Facebook once, when it tried to act tough over the media content laws which the government was trying to shove through Parliament, one government senator is looking to be shown up again.
The ABC, which claims to be Australia's "most trusted news service", failed to tell its viewers, during an investigative program on house prices, about the possible impact money laundering has on the local housing market.
Facebook has once again shown the Australian Government that it cares little about any edicts Canberra may have issued, snubbing SBS and The Conversation when they sought deals with the social media giant under the news media content legislation.
Telstra Broadcast Services (TBS) says it will broadcast some of the world’s biggest events to more parts of the globe and play a key role in delivering 24/7 programming to millions of people with the acquisition of the business and assets of MediaCloud.
The taxpayer-funded ABC will demand that users register and provide personal details, which will also be shared with Google and Facebook, if they wish to use the iview service from 1 July.
Freeview Australia's enhanced HbbTV service provides more seamless integration between broadcast and on-demand BVOD services.
The federal Labor Party has offered subsidies on electric vehicles, cutting import taxes and fringe-benefit taxes on all non-luxury vehicles that cost below $77,500. The Victorian Labor Party, meanwhile, has announced an annual tax of about $300 on EVs.
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has struck a global three-year deal with Google in return for what the publisher has described as "significant payments".
More Australian media deals with Google's News Showcase appear to be in the offing, aided by some government sweeteners, with a number of news publishers reported to be in discussions with the online advertising giant set to finalise agreements before the Australian Parliament passes the news media code into law.
Digital platforms Google and Facebook have managed to change a number of terms in the news media code, which has been given the name News Media and Digital Platforms Bargaining Code, with the government giving ground on the interval for informing publishers of algorithm changes.
National broadcasters the ABC and SBS are each receiving $2 million in funding from the Federal Government to provide audio description on television programs, making content more accessible for blind and vision impaired Australians.
The ABC has markedly changed its stance towards Google and Facebook, now that the ACCC is pushing for the digital platforms to pay news organisations for using their content.
Trust in news sources has fallen by 2% globally, but in Australia the fall is much steeper, at 6%, according to the annual Reuters Institute Digital News Report.
Optus has decided to simulcast the remaining matches of the World Cup exclusive to its Optus Sport service — the round of 16 and the quarter-finals — with public broadcaster SBS.
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