Powering the moguls

On two sides of the world, similar debates are occurring about the nature of a free and open press.

In the US, the Federal Communications Commission is investigating whether one company should be able to own both a TV station and newspaper in the same market.

In Australia, the government is trying to push through legislation that will lessen diversity and allow one company to own a TV station and newspaper in the same market.

In both countries, the unspoken reality of this phoney “debate” is to give certain media owners more power in the marketplace. Everything else is rhetoric.