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Australia – (F6) Company rules against external influence on newsroom/editorial staff

Score in short:

The strong position of Australian media proprietors protects the newsroom from external influence.

Score in detail:

Conversely to internal influence on the newsroom, the strong position of media proprietors protects their media companies from external influence. Throughout Australia’s history, it is the influence of media owners and editors on politics which has been evidenced rather than any influence in the opposite direction (Griffen-Foley 2003). Interviewees from commercial television spoke of the attempts of advertisers to shape content but rejected the idea that this was successful.