Burning platforms: Harnessing crisis to reform media regulation

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Media has been extensively disrupted by digital platforms. COVID-19 pushed even more activity online, regional news mastheads closed and complaints about the adverse impacts of Google and Facebook increased. Concerned about the impact on local media and jobs, the government responded with assistance packages and a Mandatory Bargaining Code covering use of news content by digital platforms, including revenue sharing. Other countries have grappled with similar challenges. This article examines the recent history of these reforms, in particular, the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code. It also considers other regulatory tools and advocates for a more sustained approach to ensuring appropriate regulatory frameworks that bring an appropriate blend of regimes to bear on the complex problems addressed by media laws.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberMALR 178
Pages (from-to)178-203
Number of pages26
JournalMedia and Arts Law Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2022


  • media regulation
  • Digital platforms
  • regulatory frameworks
  • media impact
  • Mandatory Bargaining Code
  • Revenue Share
  • media laws


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