Fair Go Fairfax

Fair Go Fairfax

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Nine Entertainment Co.’s proposed $2billion-plus takeover of Fairfax Media will change the face of Australia’s media forever.

It will create a cross-platform media behemoth that reaches every corner of our nation, and which controls newspapers, television and radio stations in our two largest cities.

The Federal Government’s changes to media ownership laws in 2017 mean that media companies now have few barriers to takeovers. The result imperils our what is left of media diversity, with fewer voices, especially in the area of Australian and local content.

There is no question that the Nine takeover of Fairfax will ...

Nine Entertainment Co.’s proposed $2billion-plus takeover of Fairfax Media will change the face of Australia’s media forever.

It will create a cross-platform media behemoth that reaches every corner of our nation, and which controls newspapers, television and radio stations in our two largest cities.

The Federal Government’s changes to media ownership laws in 2017 mean that media companies now have few barriers to takeovers. The result imperils our what is left of media diversity, with fewer voices, especially in the area of Australian and local content.

There is no question that the Nine takeover of Fairfax will reduce diversity in Australia’s media, which is already one of the most concentrated in the democratic world.

There are also genuine concerns about what it will mean for independent journalism, for the future of 160 community, regional and rural publications around Australia, and for the jobs and conditions of thousands of Fairfax employees. Under the takeover, it is not even clear what the future will be for the Fairfax metropolitan titles like the Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age, or the Australian Financial Review.

For these reasons, MEAA has been calling for a robust and transparent public inquiry into the takeover.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is conducting an “informal review” of the to determine whether it complies with section 50 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (read more here).

The ACCC is giving all Australians an opportunity to comment on the takeover. Submissions are due by September 7.

Given the ramifications of this takeover, it is important that the ACCC hears from the audiences and consumers of Nine and Fairfax’s products.

To help with your submission, MEAA has created this portal where you can record your comments. When you click submit, your comments will be forwarded to the ACCC as an email.

Fair Go Fairfax is a campaign of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.

 

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Email Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood

Fairfax Media has announced it will axe 125 editorial jobs in its metropolitan mastheads - a quarter of the editorial workforce in its metro division - as part of $30 million in cost-savings. At the same time, the company is preparing to spin off its real estate listings and publishing arm, Domain.

 

Already in recent years, Fairfax newsrooms around Australia have lost a wealth of skill and experience. For the editorial staff ...

Fairfax Media has announced it will axe 125 editorial jobs in its metropolitan mastheads - a quarter of the editorial workforce in its metro division - as part of $30 million in cost-savings. At the same time, the company is preparing to spin off its real estate listings and publishing arm, Domain.

 

Already in recent years, Fairfax newsrooms around Australia have lost a wealth of skill and experience. For the editorial staff that remain, their workload has massively intensified, particularly as they are required to constantly write, produce and develop stories for a variety media platforms.

 

This can only lead to a decline in the quality and independent journalism for which newspapers like the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age are renowned.


Fewer jobs = fewer stories.

 

Send a message to Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood to find better ways of running the business than cutting its journalism. 

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  • Talk about how long you have been a reader and a family connection to the masthead;
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