LocalMediaPeople

BE QUICK TO CATCH MATT!

“Dis ‘n Dat” is 2BOB Taree’s radio’s program appealing to anyone with a disability, physical, mental or  emotional. It is produced and presented by wheelchair user Matt Earley. Matt is employed by 2BOB thanks to funding from the Community Broadcasting Foundation in a special program designed to reach out to those living with a disability. […]

Media

MORE WINDS OF CHANGE; MORE GRIT IN KID’S EYES

Recently, Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher announced an overhaul of the quotas for Australia-based television programming.   Two weeks later, WIN, Prime and Southern Cross-Austereo TV networks pumped life back into 2015’s Save Our Voices campaign for further deregulation of the media.  This time, however, the fourth member of the old campaign, Alice Springs-based Impardja […]

MediaPolitics

ARTS FUNDING TO NSW SLASHED

It’s bad enough in the cities, but now the NSW Government has decided to withdraw funding for Regional Arts NSW over the next two years.  This means that funds will disappear for Art and cultural projects like those under the umbrella of Arts Mid North Coast.   We asked for a comment from some of […]

Beyond the ValleyMedia

NO STARS FOR GOVERNMENT CHANGES TO THE FILM & TELEVISION

Recent government changes to film and television support and regulation are not good news for the Australian feature film industry, and are more bad than good for the television production industry. Right now there is an unexpected burst of production across the country, much of it from Hollywood, driven here by the pandemic. There are […]

Media

MEDIA, COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY: WHY A ROBUST INDEPENDENT MEDIA MATTERS.

Pioneering sociologist Max Weber theorised that all human societies lay along a continuum from the individual/small group-centred, to the community-centred.  US society is very individual-centred, though not quite at the point Ayn Rand advocated:  Australian society, less so. In the US ‘my right to go out when I please, where I please and with whom […]

Media

The winds of change are blowing through the media everywhere.

Even in lock-down, now for more than three months, you can feel it.  The media, both the traditional media and social media are feeling it. Clearly, in Bob Dylan’s words, ‘The times they are a-changing’. Just after the Manning Community News deadline last month, News Corp’s announced the decision to publish its 92 regional and […]