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Originally posted by fingapointa
PODcast: The MX 'newspaper' in Melbourne, Australia. - Reply 2 (reply 1)
fingapointa gives his 2cents worth about 'free' 'newspapers', and says hello (very impressive intro..
status: hold (at time of posting)
The facts of Rupert Murdoch's remarkable strangle-hold speak for themselves. Of the 12 daily news-papers in Australia's capital cities, Murdoch controls seven. Of ten Sunday newspapers, he has seven. In Adelaide, he has a complete monopoly. He owns the daily, Sunday and local papers, and all the printing presses. In Brisbane, he controls all but some suburban papers. In other words, of the daily papers published in the capital cities, where the great majority of the population lives, two of every three copies sold are Murdoch papers.
Originally posted by Springer
This is a fascinating situation that has been kept pretty low key. We hear about the Murdoch empire up here, but not the Murdoch monopoly. He who controls information controls EVERYTHING. The people vote based on what they read/hear in the media. Corporations have success or failure of products based on advertising/marketing and public opinion.
Defending Community Media
Free speech, democratic rights and media diversity are under threat from Sydney City Council's decision to allow Rupert Murdoch's MX newspaper to be handed out from city streets - for $362,000 a year.
On August 1, the Sydney City Council - with no pubic consultation or debate whatsoever - voted to allow a council sub-committee to consider a Development Application (DA) which would grant Rupert Murdoch's News Limited a permit to distribute MX, a free tabloid daily, from city streets. Caving in to powerful corporate interests, all but three councillors voted in favour of the deal.
In a worrying sign that Sydney City Council may try to use the News Limited deal to clamp down on the street distribution of other publications, Council also resolved - on the same night to develop 'a draft policy to guide footpath distribution of newspapers, other printed material and other commercial activities on footpaths.'
This is clearly intended to further regulate, and potentially restrict, the use of city streets for the distribution of printed material by the public. Publications that could be restricted include Green Left Weekly, The Hub, Socialist Worker, the Big Issue and Sydney Star Observer.