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Convergence Review proposes new media regulator

22 December, 2011
By Allison Orr

This week the Convergence Review, which is in independent review to look at reshaping the communications industry in light of rapid technological change, released its Interim Report.  The Review is looking at all media including broadcast TV, blogs, websites, and newspapers, particularly examining the changes required in the regulatory framework given the convergence between these media. 

The Review was launched in April this year and has taken over 250 submissions.

The report proposes a new framework for the communications industry, which includes a platform-neutral regulatory framework, the removal of content-related licenses, and a new independent regulator for communications in the digital economy.

According to Boreham, the Chair of the Review, this new regulator would mean the ACMA would no longer exist in its current form.

The Interim Report has received some criticism, via The Drum and Crikey.

The Convergence Review will make its final report to the government in March 2012.  Comments on the Interim Report can be made via the Convergence Review Secretariat by Friday 10 February 2012 by emailing:
convergence@dbcde.gov.au

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