Online advance makes mergers unclear: Sims

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 9-Oct-17

The Federal Government’s cross-media ownership reforms are expected to be endorsed by the lower house in coming weeks, after being passed by the Senate in September. The reforms are tipped to prompt consolidation in the sector, but Australian Competition & Consumer chairman Rod Sims says "closeness of competition" will be a key factor in deciding whether to approve deals. He notes that while media diversity has increased with the growth of online news, there is now more overlap between traditional media such as TV and newspapers, which both have an online presence.

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AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, OOH!MEDIA LIMITED – ASX OML, APN OUTDOOR GROUP LIMITED – ASX APO, PRIME MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX PRT, WIN CORPORATION PTY LTD, TEN NETWORK HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX TEN, CBS CORPORATION

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