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A diverse, independent media is seen as central to a functioning democracy yet tight government regulation in Australia has failed to ensure a plurality of voices.

Since the mid 1980s, while media ownership has steadily been deregulated, it has also become more concentrated.

This year, Malcolm Turnbull, as Minister for Communications, proposed further deregulation that would have allowed metropolitan TV networks to merge with regional stations and media owners in major markets to publish newspapers while holding both radio and TV licences.  

Rear Vision looks at the story of media ownership in Australia.

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