Is the government trying to get more control over the media?

first_img News AustraliaAsia – Pacific Organisation Reporters Without Borders is concerned at the possibility that too much power will be given to the Australian Press Council, a regulatory body that monitors conduct and responsibility in the print media. On 14 September, the minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, Stephen Conroy, announced an independent enquiry into the print media that will look at the effectiveness of current codes of practices, ways to enhance media diversity, and “ways of substantially strengthening” the Press Council’s effectiveness.“Given the current tension between the Australian government and the press, which is very critical of this government, it is legitimate to wonder whether this inquiry into the print media is politically motivated,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We understand why the authorities would want to adapt the regulatory bodies to the new realities in the media sector, marked by the emergence of new technologies. But there is no need to reinforce control of the press. This council should not become a censor.“The government must also ensure that the Press Council, which until now has been funded by the media, is completely independent. Government funding of the council, as the council’s new chairman, Julian Disney, has proposed, would cause a conflict of interest that would threaten media freedom.”The announcement of the enquiry follows the phone-hacking scandal in Britain involving the News of the World tabloid, owned by Australian-born Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Murdoch’s company controls 70 per cent of Australia’s newspapers, some of which are extremely critical of the government. This initiative therefore gives the impression that the government wants to rein in these overly critical media.The enquiry is to be chaired by a retired federal judge, Ray Finkelstein, assisted by Matthew Ricketson, a professor of journalism at the University of Canberra and by a former journalist. They have been told to deliver their report to the government by the end of February. It will complement a parallel inquiry into the convergence of broadcast and Internet media, and how this should affect their regulation, which was launched last year and which is supposed to deliver its report by the end of March. RSF_en January 21, 2021 Find out more RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia February 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Australia On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information September 16, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Is the government trying to get more control over the media? Google experiments drop Australian media from search results News News News November 19, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts AustraliaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Credit unions must improve cross-sell efforts

first_imgDespite the fact that credit unions have talked about the importance of cross-selling for decades, few institutions have a disciplined process to take advantage of cross-selling opportunities that can grow operating revenue from existing members. For those organizations that do have a process in place, studies show that many are not targeting the offers to reflect insights readily available, thereby annoying some of the best Jim MarousOutside of an improved interest rate spread (which is unlikely in the foreseeable future), banks can only create revenue by adding new members or by deepening existing relationships. At a time when competition for new customers has never been greater from both traditional and non-traditional players, the only sustainable opportunity is to sell more to the members a credit union already has.While the findings differ a bit by study, research shows that U.S. adults own between 8-12 financial products each, with ownership of services increasing with age (until age 54), by channel (online users have more products) and by type or institution (credit unions and smaller banks do better cross-selling).“While the number of products held by a typical household hovers around 10, most customers only hold 2-3 services at any one institution.”While the number of products held by a typical household hovers around 10, most customers only hold 2-3 services at any one institution. Only the very best organizations sell more than four services to any one customer (not including ‘go with’ services such as debit cards). How can credit unions improve their penetration within their current member base? continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Arsenal keen on £44m deal for Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti which could see Laurent Koscielny leave club

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 25 May 2019 8:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.2kShares Comment Arsenal keen on £44m deal for Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti which could see Laurent Koscielny leave club Samuel Umtiti is expected to leave Barcelona this summer (Picture: Getty)Laurent Koscielny is seriously considering leaving Arsenal as the Gunners are eyeing up a £44m deal for Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti.The Frenchman has 12 months to run on his existing deal at the Emirates but he’s been discouraged by the lack of progress in negotiations over an extension.The 33-year-old will play his 405th game for the Gunners in their Europa League final clash against Chelsea and he feels a win would be a perfect way to bow out from the club, which he joined in 2010.Bayer Leverkusen are keen on signing the veteran defender and part of Koscielny’s thinking is based on Arsenal’s interest in Umtiti, claim L’Equipe.ADVERTISEMENT Laurent Koscielny has spent nine years at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Umtiti, 25, is out of favour at the Camp Nou and is likely to be sold should Barcelona pull off a move for Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe former Lyon man has a release clause of £450million but the Catalans are willing to listen to offers in the region of £44m for the defender this summer.The report claims Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi is the driving force behind the move and is keen to recruit the defender.Umtiti’s agent recently admitted the defender is thinking about leaving Barcelona and says he will meet with club representatives at the end of the season to discuss a move.‘We will take some thinking time, we will meet with the club at the end of the season,’ said Umtiti’s agent.‘He will also make up his own mind.’MORE: Manchester United reopen talks to sign Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann Advertisementlast_img read more

North Decatur FFA ‘ropes’ the top spot at recent competition

first_imgLebonan, In. — The North Decatur FFA Horse and Pony team recently won the Western Boone Invitational in Lebanon, Indiana. The team is comprised of Sidney Parmer, Olivia Vanderbur, Raegan Nobbe, and Paige Gauck. Sidney Parmer finished 3rd individually.last_img