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Changes for Canberra media?

By IBN News - 11 October 2006 16

IBN News reports the Nationals have secured an historic agreement for a minimum level of live and local content on regional radio stations.

Speculation is rife as to what this may mean for media in the ACT and surrounding region.

Local operators told the recent senate media inquiry that extra regulation would do more harm than good, and would be costly to implement.

UPDATED: ED: Senator Kate Lundy’s horrible “Radio Kate” is claiming Canberra will “lose” two of the six media “voices” in Canberra. She doesn’t say which ones.

What’s Your opinion?


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Changes for Canberra media?
seepi 11:58 am 12 Oct 06

Prime and 10 already have those little ‘live’ 2 minute news breaks and weather spots where someone reads out potted news for the area. I’d say we’ll just see more of those.

johnboy 11:22 am 12 Oct 06

Well that’s why they’re asking for “live and local” but I agree the devil will be in the detail and it’ll need motivated regulation to make a difference.

Woody Mann-Caruso 11:20 am 12 Oct 06

Don’t they just use the old “Sandra Sully presents” trick to get around local content laws anyway? Take US/UK show, stick gormless Aussie celebrity at the front and before the ad breaks to sy “cummin’ up next, cobbers”, maybe add an Aussie voice-over, et voila – ginuin’ shtrayin’ content, moiayt.

johnboy 5:40 pm 11 Oct 06

I think they give it an honest try, give me the budget and i’d do something more interesting but i can’t promise i’d get the advertisers.

Smackbang 5:18 pm 11 Oct 06

Johnboy, I’m not sure you can even count WIN in that list. If by “having anything to say” you mean “whose content doesn’t just consist of press releases read out verbatim”, that is.

Fiona 4:50 pm 11 Oct 06

But who needs TV when you can now watch streaming legislative assembly?

Thumper 3:31 pm 11 Oct 06

Unfortunately, you are are correct….

Mr Evil 3:24 pm 11 Oct 06

“I’m all for local content, as long as it replaces American crap.”

Unfortunately Thumper, they tend to just make Aussie versions of American crap e.g. Idol, etc.

johnboy 3:07 pm 11 Oct 06

OK, let’s do another headcount… local media owners covered by these laws and actually having anything to say…

Capital Radio Network, Rural Press, WIN

Have I missed anyone?

terubo 3:06 pm 11 Oct 06

Which reminds me, how’s Camelvision going?

Thumper 2:59 pm 11 Oct 06

I’m all for local content, as long as it replaces American crap.

Big Al 8:26 pm 10 Oct 06

Boosting ‘local content’ is lefty speak for drawing a bigger audience to the ABC – forcing the likes of nine and seven to pump more local crap in between re-runs of Big Brother, Frasier and MASH just means that your average joe-shitbag will gravitate towards the ABC (given that they’re not smart enough to read a book instead).

bonfire 5:22 pm 10 Oct 06

My office. We speculated for about 5 minutes, and then skipped down memory lane to the good old pre aggregation days.

Smackbang 4:24 pm 10 Oct 06

“Speculation is rife?” Really? Among who?

johnboy 2:30 pm 10 Oct 06

I’d be happy to help them out for a reasonable fee.

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