26 July 2019
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) welcomes the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) comprehensive review of the impact of digital platforms on Australian news media, advertisers and consumers.
‘The ACMA welcomes the Government’s acceptance of the ACCC’s conclusion that there is a need for reform and in particular, the development of a harmonised media regulatory framework,’ said ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin.
The ACMA’s current role includes regulation of significant areas of media content, including in relation to news, classification and gambling. To that end, the ACMA is particularly interested in the ACCC’s recommendations aimed at:
- addressing regulatory disparity between news media businesses and digital platforms
- supporting and enhancing the choice and quality of journalism
- improving the balance of bargaining power between digital platforms and media businesses
- ensuring digital platforms have robust codes and dispute resolution processes.
‘We will review the report in detail and stand ready to participate and contribute to the Government’s public consultation process and consideration of the recommendations,’ said Ms O’Loughlin.
‘The Digital Platforms Inquiry is a significant contribution to the global debate on the future regulatory settings for these important and influential services. We congratulate the ACCC on their work to date.’