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ACCC releases updated Media Merger Guidelines

Following recent reforms to media ownership laws, the ACCC has released its updated Media Merger Guidelines.

The revised guidelines detail the ACCC’s approach to media merger reviews and outline areas of potential focus, including the role of premium content, diversity in the Australian media landscape, and the impact technological change and innovation is having on the media industry more broadly.

The guidelines were previously updated in 2006. A draft revised guidelines was released for public consultation last year.

“These guidelines are a regulatory reflection of the rapidly changing media landscape. The ACCC continues to keep pace with the innovation entering and disrupting the market,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

The ACCC’s Media Merger Guidelines are available at www.accc.gov.au/publications/media-merger-guidelines-2017