Drive with Raf Epstein
11 May 2017
E & OE
Before we get to that, what’s going to happen to the media here in Australia. The Government wants to scrap the two out of three rule. That stops any one owner having a TV station, a radio station and a paper in one town. So what could happen? You could have the Murdoch’s buying Channel Ten. You could have Channel Nine teaming up with Fairfax. Either way, a big winner could be Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. But they’ve already won. They’re getting $30 million over four years to promote women’s sports. What do you want from the media in this country? It’s been tested like never before in the United States. And now there are news laws coming to Australia. So what do you want from the media in Australia? 1300 222 774.
So amongst the Government’s reforms announced at the weekend before the budget, scrapping the two out of three rule. That would mean that companies can now own a TV station, a radio station and a newspaper in once city. To discuss these and other measures, the Communications Minister Mitch Fifield joins us. Good afternoon. Why do you want to scrap the two out of three rule?
No, I understand that and you might have an interesting marriage between Fairfax and Channel Ten. But there still is the issue of diversity of voices. The Murdoch family companies have extensive voices in this country, they’ll have even more.
Can I rephrase the question, if you’ve got an interest in a Pay TV operator and a Free to Air TV station, does that breach the rules as you would like to see them?
So will you present this as something that could save Fairfax?
Do they need the money though? Does Foxtel need more money to broadcast sport? They’ve already got tonnes of channels, are they the best people to give money to broadcast more women’s sport?
Mitch Fifield, Communications Minister, thank you very much.