Rethink press inquiry and act, PM urged

Original article by Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 2 : 13-Jun-19

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher says the federal government has made no decision on a parliamentary inquiry into press freedom in the wake of the Australian Federal Police’s recent media raids. However, some Coalition MPS have expressed concern that the issue may become politicised if there is a parliamentary inquiry. Liberal MP Craig Kelly argues that a special inquiry into the actions of the AFP is not necessary as parliament has oversight of the law enforcement agency.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS

Facebook signs major Aussie sports

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Australian – Page: 23 : 13-Jun-19

Social media giant Facebook has secured content deals with the Australian Football League, the National Rugby League and Cricket Australia. The Facebook Watch streaming platform will feature AFL and NRL match highlights and other content from the two football codes. Facebook has also extended its deal with Cricket Australia to provide live streaming of Women’s Big Bash League matches. Facebook recently signed a content deal with Seven West Media.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE, CRICKET AUSTRALIA, WOMEN’S BIG BASH LEAGUE, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM

Media demands legal shake-up, not an inquiry

Original article by Rosie Lewis, Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 12-Jun-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison held talks with the ABC’s MD David Anderson and chair Ita Buttrose on 11 June, in the wake of a controversial police raid on the public broadcaster’s Sydney offices. Morrison has signalled that the federal government is open to holding a parliamentary inquiry into press ­freedom. However, News Corp Australia executive Campbell Reid argues that an inquiry is not necessary; instead, he says that legislation governing freedom of the press should be reviewed by a working group comprising politicians, legal experts and media representatives.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, LAW COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, CENTRE ALLIANCE, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE

Streaming consolidation tipped

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 19 : 12-Jun-19

PwC’s latest Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook report has forecast that the expected entry of Disney+ and Apple TV+ will prompt consolidation in Australia’s subscription video-on-demand market. Netflix is the market leader in Australia, and PwC notes that there will be a wide field of contenders for the title of the nation’s second-ranked SVOD provider. Justin Papps of PwC says content and a "great viewing experience" are essential to success in the streaming market.

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PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS AUSTRALIA (INTERNATIONAL) PTY LTD, DISNEY+, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, APPLE TV+, APPLE INCORPORATED, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, FOXTEL NOW, KAYO SPORTS, AMAZON PRIME VIDEO, 10 ALL ACCESS, PRESTO ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, SEVEN NETWORK LIMITED, FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS

Seven content deal ads to Facebook’s TV reputation

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Australian – Page: 22 : 10-Jun-19

‘My Kitchen Rules’ and ‘Better Homes & Gardens’ are among the Seven Network’s shows that will be featured on Facebook Watch. Seven West Media has struck a deal to provide Facebook’s streaming service with digital content based on some of its most popular TV shows. Seven Studios CEO Therese Hegarty says new content will be published on Facebook Watch every day, including some exclusive content. She notes that some of the content will be ad-supported.

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SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, SEVEN NETWORK LIMITED, SEVEN STUDIOS, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK WATCH, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION

Coalition to move on press freedom

Original article by Olivia Caisley, Richard Ferguson
The Australian – Page: 2 : 11-Jun-19

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has advised that the federal government will shortly issue a public response to the Australian Federal Police’s recent media industry raids. One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has indicated that she would support a parliamentary inquiry into freedom of the press, although she adds that journalists tend to be biased and there should be some restrictions on press freedom. A spokesman for shadow home affairs minister Kristina Keneally says Labor is still considering whether to support an inquiry.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, ONE NATION PARTY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, CENTRE ALLIANCE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AL JAZEERA, NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION

Twitter wants to partner with TV on sports rights

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 7-Jun-19

Twitter executive Kay Madati says the social media platform does not want to compete with TV networks for the right to broadcast sports. Instead, Madati says Twitter wants to act as a partner with them to help increase their audience and generate more revenue. SBS has partnered with Twitter to help promote the public broadcaster’s telecast of the 2019 Women’s World Cup. SBS will have a live daily show on Twitter during the event, along with interviews and highlights.

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TWITTER INCORPORATED, SPECIAL BROADCASTING SERVICE (SBS), NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, AMAZON.COM INCORPORATED, SEVEN NETWORK LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, TEN NETWORK HOLDINGS LIMITED

Risk of criminalising media

Original article by Richard Ferguson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 7-Jun-19

The fallout from police raids on the ABC’s Sydney office and the home of newspaper journalist Annika Smethurst is continuing. The Australia Federal Police’s acting commissioner Neil Gaughan says the AFP is investigating criminal allegations, and it is too soon to know whether charges will be laid as a result of the raids. He adds that journalists and media companies should not assume that they are immune from criminal prosecution. News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller has stressed the importance of professional news reporting, and he has warned of the implications for democracy if journalism is criminalised.

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AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, CENTRE ALLIANCE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF DEFENCE, AUSTRALIAN SIGNALS DIRECTORATE

Facebook, Google unlikely to steal TV sport: Marks

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 16 : 6-Jun-19

There is speculation that digital platforms such as Facebook could bid for exclusive broadcasting rights to key sports when existing deals expire. However, Nine Entertainment Company CEO Hugh Marks says digital players are unlikely to seek exclusive rights to sports such as the Australian Football League and the National Rugby League in the near-term. Broadcasting right for both codes expire in 2022.

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NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, TWITTER INCORPORATED, AMAZON.COM INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

ABC raid sparks battle between government and media

Original article by Joe Kelly, Richard Ferguson
The Australian – Page: Online : 6-Jun-19

There are further concerns about freedom of the press following an Australian Federal Police raid on the Sydney offices of the ABC on 5 June. AFP officers were seeking document relating to the public broadcaster’s 2017 report on allegations of misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan. The report was based on secret Defence documents that were leaked to the ABC. The AFP has indicated that the raid was not linked to a separate raid on the home of News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst on 4 June. The Greens have called for a Senate inquiry into the decline of press freedom in the wake of the police raids.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT AND ARTS ALLIANCE, BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION