Tech titans told: strike news deal now

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 19 : 6-Apr-20

News Corp Australasia’s executive chairman Michael Miller says technology companies are the big winners from increased demand for the content of news publishers. Miller believes that the federal government will need to bring forward its November deadline for the digital giants to secure a revenue-sharing deal with traditional media companies. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission is due to release a progress report on the issue in May, and chairman Rod Sims has warned that it may intervene if the report shows that sufficient progress has not been made.

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NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM

News cuts paywalls to free up virus reporting

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 19 : 30-Mar-20

News Corp Australia will offer 28 days’ free access to the online editions of its metropolitan newspapers for people who take out a new subscription during the next fortnight. They will also be offered a 50 per cent discount for the following month. News Corp Australasia’s executive chairman Mich­ael Miller says this will allow people to stay connected and informed during the coronavirus pandemic. He adds that the federal government has deemed the news media to be an essential service during the crisis. However, Miller has conceded that the print editions of some community newspapers may need to be suspended.

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NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS

AFL, NRL members can get discounted Kayo

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 21 : 20-Mar-20

Foxtel and its Kayo Sports streaming service are the only option for AFL and NRL fans who want to watch every match while the coronavirus-induced lockout of stadiums continues. A basic Kayo subscription usually costs $25 a month, but members of AFL and NRL clubs will be offered a discounted rate of $2.50 a month for two months. Kayo boasted 402,000 paid subscribers in early November, but this had fallen to around 370,000 by early February; this was expected to increase when the AFL and NRL seasons began.

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FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, KAYO SPORTS, AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS

Guardian journalist unpaid for five weeks

Original article by David Ross
The Australian – Page: 3 : 12-Mar-20

The Australian arm of news publisher The Guardian has provided extensive coverage of the wage underpayments scandal in recent months. However, freelance journalist Russell Jackson has claimed that The Guardian itself has not paid him for five articles that he wrote in January. The Guardian’s Australian editor, Lenore Taylor, has described this as "unacceptable" and said she will ensure that the matter is resolved. Jackson has previously been the news publisher’s deputy sports editor.

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THE GUARDIAN AUSTRALIA

Australian privacy watchdog launches court action against Facebook over Cambridge Analytica access

Original article by Jack Snape, Ariel Bogle
abc.net au – Page: Online : 10-Mar-20

The Australian Information Commissioner has taken social media firm Facebook to the Federal Court for allegedly breaching the privacy of around 311,127 Australians in regard to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The Commissioner has stated that the court can impose a fine of up to $1.7 million for each "serious and repeated" offence. The UK privacy watchdog has previously fined Facebook Stg500,000 billion ($998,000) over the Cambridge Analytica episode, while a US Federal Trade Commission investigation resulted in Facebook paying US5 billion ($7.64 billion) over allegations that it duped users over their ability to control personal information.

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AUSTRALIA. OFFICE OF THE AUSTRALIAN INFORMATION COMMISSIONER, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA LLC, UNITED STATES. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

BBC makes streaming move into Australia

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 6-Mar-20

The BBC and UK commercial television network ITV will launch a streaming joint venture in Australia towards the end of 2020. Britbox will operate as a 50-50 joint venture between BBC Studios and ITV, and it is expected to feature programs such as ‘Poldark’, ‘Blackadder’ and ‘Call the Midwife’. Pricing information for Britbox in Australia has not yet been released, but it costs Stg5.99 a month in the UK and US6.99 a month in the US.

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BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION, ITV PLC, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC

ACMA report shows Australians are embracing data-hungry tech

Original article by Finbar O’Mallon
The New Daily – Page: Online : 27-Feb-20

The Australian Communications & Media Authority’s annual report has highlight consumers’ growing use of digital technologies. ACMA notes that almost nine in 10 Australians accessed the internet via mobile phone in 2018-19, although fixed internet lines accounted for the bulk of data downloads. Meanwhile, more than half of Australians use Netflix, while one in 10 Australian use at least four streaming video services. The figures also show that online advertising is now worth $8.8bn a year.

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AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY, NETFLIX INCORPORATED

ACCC takes fight up to digital giants

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 19 : 26-Feb-20

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has advised that it now has more than 10 active investigations into digital platforms, compared with five when the final report into its landmark inquiry into the sector was released in July. ACCC chairman Rod Sims says it is examining both competition and consumer issues in relation to digital platforms. He notes that the use and abuse of consumers’ data by such platforms is one of the key concerns.

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AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED

Optus eyes more European football

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 : 24-Feb-20

Optus has ramped up its soccer coverage since gaining the local broadcasting rights to the English Premier League in 2015. The telco also has the rights to the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Champions League, amongst others, and its Optus Sport streaming service now boasts some 825,000 active subscribers. Optus is also believed to be looking at gaining the rights to Germany’s Bundesliga, Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A; beIN Sports Australia’s existing rights deals are set to end in the next year or so.

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SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, OPTUS SPORT, ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE, FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, BEIN SPORTS AUSTRALIA

Facebook admits Russia error

Original article by Helen Warrell, Guy Chazan, Michael Peel
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 17-Feb-20

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has called for greater regulation of harmful content on the internet while speaking at the Munich Security Conference. Zuckerberg conceded that the social media company had been tardy in understanding Russian disinformation campaigns during the 2016 US presidential election campaign, while he said that purveyors of disinformation are becoming better at "covering their tracks". Zuckerberg added that Facebook has 35,000 people working on content and security reviews, and that it takes down more than one million fake accounts each day.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED