Discussion paper

Quality news is essential for effective participation in democracy and civil society. Ongoing disruption to the media environment has raised concerns over the integrity of news in both online and traditional news sources.

ACMA research has flagged issues of impartiality and commercial influence as key areas of consumer concern.

This discussion paper that provides a framework for public consultation on these issues.

ACMA is seeking comments on impartiality and commercial influence in broadcast news, to test whether the current regulatory framework continues to deliver appropriate community safeguards.

Submissions should refer to the questions set out at the end of the chapters on impartiality and commercial influence and may be used to inform future regulatory review and development.

Submissions close on 28 February 2020.

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