Communications Minister Stephen Conroy (left) is expected to argue for a tort of privacy and change in ownership rules to include the pay TV network Foxtel, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited.
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Gemma Daley and James Chessell
Federal cabinet will consider a package of wide-ranging media reforms including new rules that would prevent Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation from expanding its influence by acquiring free-to-air television or radio businesses.
It is understood cabinet will review the much-delayed package of media reforms as soon as Monday. It includes a code of ethics for journalists, a tort of privacy and increased Australian content rules for FTA networks.
The reforms come after two probes of the media industry – the Convergence Review and the Finkelstein inquiry.
But it is believed that some of the findings of Ray Finkelstein’s 468-page report have been watered down, including the prospect of a “fit and proper person” test for media ownership and the extension of media regulation to cover online news sites with a minimum of 15,000 hits a year.
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