Media ownership in Australia

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Media ownership in Australia is distributed between commercial, national public broadcasters and not-for-profit community broadcasters. Australian media ownership has been described as one of the most concentrated in the world.[1] For example, 11 of the 12 capital city daily papers are owned by either News Corp Australia or Fairfax Media.[2]

Major companies[edit]

Nine Entertainment Co.[edit]

Nine Entertainment Co. (previously PBL Media) is a media company. Originally a 50/50 joint venture with Consolidated Media Holdings. Has diverse interests including the Nine Network, Ticketek and Acer Arena.



  • Ninemsn, 50%, an online entertainment portal, joint-venture with Microsoft.
  • Carsales Network, 50.6%, Australia's leading online automotive, motorcycle and marine classifieds business.
  • My Home[citation needed], 48.75%, an online real estate business, joint-venture with Shane Dale and My Home Group.


WIN Corporation[edit]

The WIN Corporation is a Wollongong based media company, that owns the WIN Television network, NWS, and STW in Australia.




News Corp[edit]

News Corp has interests in the film, magazine, publishing, sports & television industries. These include the following:



The Herald Sun


  • The Punch
  • Business Spectator
  • Eureka Report
  • (part owner)
  • (part owner)
  • SportingPulse (part owner)
  • (via majority owner of REA Group)

Southern Cross Broadcasting[edit]

Southern Cross Broadcasting owns a number of regional television stations and some metropolitan radio stations across Australia.


Ten Network Holdings[edit]



  • Eye Corp Pty Limited
  • Outdoor Plus Pty Limited
  • Media Choice LLC
  • Ultimate Media Group Pty Limited

Seven Media Group[edit]



  • Pacific Magazines - 3 of the top 5 highest reaching magazines in Australia.[5] Market share within categories:
    • Homes – 61.5% to 63.1%
    • Teens – 45.9% to 50.4%
    • Women’s Lifestyle – 13.5% to 27%
    • Health – 22.2% to 28.3%
    • Parenting – 49.2% to 61.8%
    • Men’s Lifestyle – 41.8% to 44%
    • Airline – 34.4% to 35%


  • Yahoo!7 (50% stake) - joint venture with Yahoo!, Australian gateway to Yahoo! products.

Fairfax Media[edit]




The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is a state-owned company that provides television, radio and internet news services. It was founded in 1929. The ABC is mostly funded by the Australian Government, with about 8% of funding coming from ABC Commercial and other sources [6]


The Special Broadcasting Service was founded in 1980, and is now a hybrid-funded provider of television, radio and online media with an emphasis on multi-lingual services. The Australian Government contributes approximately 80% of funding to SBS, the rest is generated from advertising revenue.[7]


The Australian Government legislated specific controls over the ownership of broadcasting on television and radio in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992. These effectively prohibit ownership of more than one television station or two radio stations in a given market.[8] The Commonwealth's legislative reach over print media ownership is largely limited to general competition law such as the Trade Practices Act 1974.[9]

On 14 March 2005, the Australian Government announced proposals to amend the current media ownership laws.[10]


Australian television broadcasting is dominated by free-to-air services including ABC TV, Seven Network, Nine Network, Network Ten, SBS TV and their affiliates, as well as subscription television providers Foxtel, Austar and SelecTV.

Ownership of these stations and affiliates is mostly shared between PBL Media, Seven Media Group, WIN Corporation, Southern Cross Media Group, and Prime Television Limited. ABC Television and SBS Television are government owned stations.

There are also some smaller subscription television providers, such as Neighbourhood Cable and TransACT, but they are limited both in channel availability and subscribers. Community television stations are broadcast in most capital cities.

None of the commercial networks is owned by News Corporation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jones, Paul; Pusey, Michael (2008), "Mediated Political Communication in Australia: leading issues, new evidence", Australian Journal of Social Issues 43 (4): 583–599 
  2. ^ Media Ownership Regulation in Australia
  3. ^
  4. ^ Internet Industry Association Information
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ Index : SBS Corporate
  8. ^ "Broadcasting Services Act 1992" 110. Canberra, Australia: Attorney General’s Department, Canberra. 1992. 
  9. ^ Media Ownership Regulation in Australia
  10. ^ BROADCASTING SERVICES ACT 1992, Australasian Legal Information Institute, Retrieved 2009-10-24

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