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Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required

 
 
The Conversation Andrea Carson, La Trobe University; Andrew Dodd, University of Melbourne, and Matthew Ricketson, Deakin University

In a landmark report, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has urged the federal government to fix the uneven market power of digital companies like Facebook and Google that make it almost impossible for traditional media companies to compete for advertising and audiences.

The Digital Platforms Inquiry report, released in late July, lists 23 recommendations that cover all aspects of how and where we get our news. The ACCC’s proposed changes span competition law, consumer protections, media regulation and privacy laws.

Today, the Media Files team talks to a media owner and journalism expert to look closely at what the ACCC has suggested needs to change so media businesses remain economically viable and able to produce reliable news in all parts of Australia.

Media Files’ guests are media academic and journalist Margaret Simons from Monash University and Ross McPherson, editor-in-chief of the McPherson Media Group, publisher of 14 newspapers in regional Victoria and New South Wales.

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Producers: Andy Hazel and Gavin Nebauer.

Theme music: Susie Wilkins.

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Andrea Carson, Associate Professor at La Trobe University. Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy, La Trobe University; Andrew Dodd, Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne, and Matthew Ricketson, Professor of Communication, Deakin University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

 
Matthew Guy