Today's ACCC decision green-lighting the merger of Nine and Fairfax is another wake-up call to why we need strong, independent public broadcasters, the Greens say.
"Public interest journalism is a vital part of a functioning democracy. This merger of two major commercial players paints a sad picture of the media landscape in Australia," Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
"While the big media players are looking for opportunities to merge to cut costs, we need to ensure our public broadcasters remain strong. That means the ABC and SBS are well-funded and independent so they can report without fear or favour.
"In this age of low-trust in politicians, we need a strong fourth estate to ensure a well-informed public. It is greatly disappointing to see our media diversity continue to be watered down.
"Quality, well-staffed newsrooms must be a priority. Nine should use the opportunity to set a precedent ahead of the inevitability of future media company mergers."