Research report

Media ownership and regulation: a chronology part 2 - 1972 to 1995: moguls, miscreants and new regulatory brooms

14 Feb 2018

This chronology is part two in a series which traces the story of media ownership concentration and control in Australia since 1901. The chronology in general focusses on government policies and regulations that have responded to, or attempted to pre-empt, a trend towards concentration that has occurred since the 1920s.

The chronology provides an outline and brief explanation of, and where possible, links to government investigations and regulatory frameworks for the media since Federation. In so doing, it illustrates the ways in which regulations have affected, and in turn have been affected by, changes in ownership and control of both print and broadcasting media.

Part One of the chronology, which was published in February 2016, briefly outlines the development of the press in the colonies as a prelude to providing detailed information for the period 1901 to the end of 1971. This part of the chronology continues the story for the period from 1972 to the end of 1995. Part Three will deal with the period from 1996 to the present.

It should be noted that all three parts of the chronology try to include significant events, legislation and regulation which reflect the aims noted above; they do not attempt to detail all media transactions, nor every piece of legislation which relates to the media.

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