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Policy reset needed for media, union warns

Australia’s media union has again warned of the need for a policy reset to prevent more closures and job losses.

Representatives from the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance have on Friday fronted a Senate inquiry into media diversity.

It comes amid Nine and WIN rejoining forces for regional television, which has resulted in the axing of three bulletins.

MEAA boss Paul Murphy said there were fewer than 10,000 journalists in Australia. The number has fallen by about 5000 in the last decade, with most of the job losses in regional areas.

He said change to competition law was needed, with the union concerned government policy supports consolidation rather than diversification of the media.

The MEAA also reiterated its calls for a new single regulator of media content to ensure quality and reliability.

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