The Impact Of Media On The Media Industry

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Introduction Raymond Finkelstein submitted the Finkelstein Inquiry to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy on February 28, 2012. Finkelstein was charged with a responsibility to examine the Australia media industry and the regulations that governed the industry. Finkelstein undertook the task with the assistance of the Independent Media Inquiry from September 14, 2011, to the day of submission stated. The findings and recommendations of the Inquiry caused national and international debate. Finkelstein addressed critical issues that influence the media and the society in general. For instance, the Inquiry addressed issues such as the media and democracy, the regulation of the media and the structure and role of the newspaper industry. Moreover, the Inquiry tackled media standards, legal issues about the media, rights of journalist and self-regulation, theories of regulation and reforms among others. Tackling these issues of concern in the modern world led to the development of debate covering the various concerns. Analysis of the Finkelstein Inquiry The Inquiry was developed to counter unethical behavior and conduct in the media industry. The realization that some journalists at the News International-owned newspaper, the News of the World, were involved in cases of hacking people’s phones. Hacking of politicians’, murder victims’, footballers’ and entertainers’ phones sparked international debate. With a subsidiary of News Limited in Australia, the government was provoked to establish an investigation into media and media regulation. Additionally, complaints of bias in particular papers of the Australian News Limited, the government called for an investigation. The investigation covered different par... ... middle of paper ... ...prevent unethical behavior within the media industry. The prevention of issues such as hacking for information among cases of misconduct among journalists prompted a debate about the codes of ethics in the media. The Inquiry pinpointed different issues and offered findings and recommendations whose implementation and application would enhance quality in news media. Further, the Finkelstein Inquiry led to a debate on whether the media should be regulated or not. Different submissions on the topics agreed and differed with equal measure. While media organizations’ submissions refuted the recommendation to regulate the media through a new body, the leadership of different media schools supported the move. All notwithstanding, the need for the media to uphold its responsibility, reveal integrity, accountability, quality, fairness, and accuracy were ideas widely shared.
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