Opposition dismisses diversity in media regulation

Monday 15 October 2012 @ 4.04 p.m. | IP & Media

Opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull is dismissing the need for further media regulation which would tackle issues of diversity and public interest.

Mr Turnbull today told a press conference that the decision by the ACCC to block Seven Group from taking over Consolidated Media Holdings demonstrated more media regulation was not required.

Dr Ben Goldsmith, senior research fellow at Queensland University of Technology, says the opposite. Dr Goldsmith wrote three submissions to the Convergence Review stating, "Simply limiting the capacity of one large media company to buy a large proportion of another through competition rules is not in itself a sufficient guarantee that the public interest is being served”.

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