Local news content must be protected in media reforms
Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, has welcomed the Federal Government’s approval of media reform changes in Cabinet. According to media reports, the “reach rule” and two-out-of-three” ownership rule will be scrapped. Ms McGowan said more detail was required to explain the expansion of the points system for local content.
“People in Indi and across regional Australia rely on strong local TV content for information relevant to their communities,” Ms McGowan said.
“Changes must protect the production of local news, sport and events. People living in Albury-Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla and Mansfield want to see their family, friends and local leaders, not only content from Sydney or Melbourne.”
Ms McGowan said a review was also required to support any changes.
“Laws have to keep up with the fast-changing media landscape, as we have seen. A mechanism must be put in place to ensure the reforms are being delivered,” she said.
Ms McGowan congratulated the Save Our Voices campaign for being a strong advocate in support of regional media.