Australia’s Nine-Fairfax deal focuses attention on regulator’s approach to new media laws

Introduction

Date: 20 August 2018. Duration: 19:26

There’s a strong business case behind the proposed merger between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, with both companies needing to bulk up to take on the challenge posed by digital platforms such as Facebook and Google. But it’s the first deal of its kind under Australia’s revamped media laws and it remains unclear whether the country’s competition regulator will raise concerns about the merger’s impact on media plurality.

For more insight:

Nine, Fairfax merger sees news quality take center stage in Australian regulator's review (17 August 2018)

Fairfax, Nine deal leaves competition regulator to map out Australia's media landscape (26 July 2018)