The Australian Communications and Media Authority news project

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

During 2019-2020, the ACMA commenced a cross-agency project relating to news. The purpose of this project was to examine Australia’s contemporary news environment, including market developments and consumer expectations, to support analysis of whether existing safeguards continue to be fit for purpose. The news project focused on two themes relating to key public policy objectives and existing regulatory settings for the news and media market: commercial influence and impartiality in broadcast news; and diversity and localism in news more broadly.

In January 2020, ACMA released a discussion paper to gauge whether current regulatory mechanisms directed to ensuring impartiality and restricting commercial influence in broadcast news and current affairs continue to provide appropriate community safeguards. Submissions were published on the ACMA website and ACMA also published a literature review on these matters and the results of consumer research. Further review of the matters raised during the consultation was deferred due to industry pressures relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Related work is expected to recommence at an appropriate time.

In December 2020, the ACMA released a paper on News in Australia: diversity and localism - News measurement framework. This paper outlines the ACMA’s thinking on how a measurement framework could potentially be designed. It is the result of broad consideration of issues, commissioned research, desktop research and stakeholder and academic consultation.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
See above.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Partners are outlined in the papers linked above
Public Sector
Partners are outlined in the papers linked above
Private Sector
Partners are outlined in the papers linked above
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts