Residents of the New England electorate will benefit from a more robust local media sector following the announcement of the next steps in the Morrison-Joyce Government’s media reform program.
Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said he welcomed the reform package and were keen to see how the local community could take advantage.
“A strong media sector is essential to many regional communities, including in the New England electorate, and we are taking action to ensure they are served well,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“The Journalist Fund is a great opportunity for local news outlets to secure new talent, upskill existing talent, and to ensure local stories are captured and reported on.
“Likewise, there are potential opportunities there for the community if streaming services are developing new content; we have several great locations available, along with quality businesses who can provide support, and I am keen to see our community take advantage of those opportunities should they arise.
“A strong media sector is essential for social cohesion, keeping people informed, and ensuring our democracy, including locally, remains robust. This reform package provides a number of opportunities to ensure that happens and I welcome Government’s announcement.”
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the new Media Policy Statement consisted of a number of measures that would benefit local communities.
“This Statement follows an extensive consultation process through the Media Reform Green Paper process which saw a range of feedback delivered to the Australian Government, including from regional stakeholders, culminating in the policy announcement we are making today,”
Minister Fletcher said.
“Key measures include support for local broadcasters through the extension of transitional support for eligible regional commercial broadcasters and the announcement of a new $10 million Journalist Fund that will help regional publications recruit new journalists.
“Importantly we’re also taking action to ensure residents have access to high quality local content and regional coverage. This includes understanding how streaming services are investing in local content and ensuring that they continue to do so through the Streaming Services Investment and Reporting Scheme, as well as asking the ABC to report on its regional footprint.
The Government will continue to consult with industry and communities on a number of measures, including the Streaming Services Investment and Reporting Scheme, with a Discussion Paper released for comment on the Scheme.
For more information on the Media Policy Statement including details on the measures, visit www.infrastructure.gov.au/media-communications-arts/media-laws-regulation/2022-media-policy-statement.
To view the Streaming Services Investment and Reporting Scheme Discussion Paper and have your say, go to www.infrastructure.gov.au/department/media/publications/discussion-paper-streaming-services-reporting-and-investment-scheme.