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Old 22-03-2013, 04:14 PM
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Default Federal MP Bob Katter legislation for a media watchdog

Federal MP Bob Katter says he is drafting legislation for a media watchdog that would have the power to stop concentration of ownership. Mr Katter, the Member for Kennedy in north and western Queensland, says he will propose a 12 person independent panel, which will elect three commissioners, to monitor the media.

He says media concentration would affect regional coverage in western Queensland, with both Imparja and Southern Cross prime targets for a takeover. "The current press council has no teeth at all," he said. "This one will have by legislation the power to stop any further acquisition if they deem such concentration to be against the public interest and I think any reasonable panel would decide that further media concentration, do we want a Woolworths and Coles in the media in Australia?"

He says the watchdog would make decisions over the concentration of media and prevent small regional media outlets being swallowed up by bigger organizations. "The implications here are diabolical for north west Queensland because Imparja and Southern Cross would both be targets immediately for a takeover, so I have tried desperately to get in place a watchdog to prevent against any further media concentration," he said.
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