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ACMA opens applications for news media bargaining code Featured

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ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin

The telecommunications industry regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has opened applications for Australian news businesses wishing to register for the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code.                  

The code has been designed to help support the sustainability of public interest journalism in Australia.

To be registered, applicants will have to meet the eligibility requirements set out in the code and the ACMA has published a set of guidelines to help potential applicants determine whether they are eligible to register under the code.

ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin said eligible corporations that operate news businesses could apply via the ACMA website.

“I encourage any news businesses interested in being registered under the code to carefully read through the eligibility guidelines on our website and, if eligible, to apply through our online portal,” O’Loughlin said.

“The ACMA will assess applications and publish details about registered news businesses on its website.”

Registered corporations and their news sources will be published on a register on the ACMA website.

The application portal and the ACMA’s guidelines can be accessed on the ACMA website.

iTWire’s Sam Varghese commented on the code, noting that: “With the news media code now signed into law, it is time for all three entities involved in the drama that played out over the last few weeks — Google, Facebook and the Federal Government — to claim victory”


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Peter Dinham - an iTWire treasure is a mentor and coach who volunteers also a writer and much valued founding partner of iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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