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Australia: State Aid to Newspapers—Not a Priority

  • Franco PapandreaEmail author
  • Matthew Ricketson
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Part of the Media Business and Innovation book series (MEDIA)

Abstract

State subsidies for the production of newspapers have not been a major issue in the development of the Australian newspaper industry even though the industry has benefited from a variety of direct and indirect forms of government assistance during its 200-year history. Some of the measures sought to assist industry development while others sought to support access to a diversity of news and opinion. While the potential effects of heavy concentration of media ownership on the diversity of news and opinion have been a major preoccupation of Australian policymakers in recent decades, subsidies to the newspaper industry have rarely been an issue of public debate. Nonetheless, a consideration of support to news activities was included in the terms of reference of a federal government-initiated media inquiry in 2011. The inquiry’s report, however, stopped short of recommending newspaper subsidies but did acknowledge the difficulties facing the industry as it grapples with structural changes to the business model that has sustained it for many years.

Keywords

Daily Newspaper Government Assistance Online Advertising Broadcasting Service Public Broadcasting Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and DesignUniversity of CanberraBruceAustralia

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