Stephen Conroy: An apology

So when Stephen Conroy bleated about News Limited indulging in regime change, Dr Mumbo thought he was being a tad paranoid.

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Conroy’s legacy

Stephen Conroy coverLast week Stephen Conroy, minister for broadband, communications, and the digital economy stepped down after five years in the role. But what mark has he left on the media industry? In a piece that first appeared in EncoreMegan Reynolds investigates.

He’s been compared to Hitler, Stalin and Mao, while others have praised him for breaking ground on the national broadband network and established monopolies on telecommunications and broadcasting rights. Read more »

Communications minister Conroy resigns in wake of spill

Communications minister Stephen Conroy has announced he has resigned in the wake of last night’s Labor leadership coup against Julia Gillard.

Senator Conroy’s office this morning confirmed the minister has stepped down announcing the news on Twitter.Conroy

“Can confirm Conroy has resigned. Keep supporting Labor & the #NBN, most important infrastructure in our country’s history #auspol,” his office tweeted. Read more »

Conroy’s underpants auction raises $2bn – mostly from Telstra – in spectrum sell-off

tele conroyThe government’s spectrum auction to telcos has raised just under $2bn for the government, less than market expectations.

Telstra snapped up the most expensive spectrum – suggesting it is likely to extend its dominance in the market offering 4G and 3G mobile services.

Optus bought more than half a billion dollars of spectrum according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority announcement.

TPG Internet spent a relatively modest $13m and Vodafone withdrew from the auction, suggesting its poor network reputation is unlikely to see much relief.

Some spectrum remained unsold.

The auction – in part made up of the airwaves which will be freed up when the analogue TV signal is switched off – became infamous after media minister Stephen Conroy boasted that he could make the telcos wear red underpants on their heads if he wanted to do so as part of the process.

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Conroy proposes media reforms: the experts respond

Senator ConroyBy Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation

Australian print and online news organisations will be self-regulated through voluntary membership of a press standards body, under media reforms proposed by the Federal Government today.

The reforms comprise the government’s official response to the Convergence Review and Finkelstein Inquiry into the media in Australia.

Among the proposals is the creation of Public Interest Media Advocate, who would oversee mergers and acquisitions of news organisations, and a new Public Interest Test to ensure that diversity of voices is considered when mergers take place.

Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said news organisations that join up to a press standards body will be rewarded with a special exemption from certain sections of the Privacy Act. Read more »

Conroy watched cricket, Formula One and tennis on TV networks as he gave them multi-million dollar fee discounts

Media minister Stephen Conroy has enjoyed hospitality from the three major free TV networks at the same time he decided to give them millions of dollars of discounts on their licence fees, research published by the Sydney Morning Herald reveals.

The SMH has digitised the Federal register of interests. It reveals that over the last couple of years, Channel Ten provided Conroy with tickets for the Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix; Nine provided him with an Ashes invite and Seven gave him two seats at the men’s final of the Australian Open tennis.

Conroy also received a gift basket from the Seven Network and SBS gave him tickets for the Fifa World Cup in South Africa.

The last two years have seen Conroy make a number of concessions to the free TV networks worth millions of dollars. He granted them a 33% rebate on their licence fees in 2010. The next year, he upped the discount to 50%. The discounts have been estimated as being worth between a third and half a billion dollars to the networks to date. Read more »

Conroy to loosen rules on local radio stations resources after ownership changes

Local radio stations will be able to more easily cut resources after ownership changes, media minster Stephen Conroy has indicated.

Speaking at the National Radio Conference, Conroy told the industry that he was minded to reduce the protections in the Broadcasting Services Act of 1992.   Read more »

Kelsey Grammer and Stephen Conroy line-up for National Radio Conference

Commercial Radio Australia has announced the line-up for the National Radio Conference, with Frasier star Kelsey Grammer among the guests.

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Amanda Conroy joins Espresso Communications

Technology journalist Amanda Conroy has joined Espresso Communications to manage key client accounts.   Read more »

Mumbo Report: Turnbull talks WikiLeaks, Twitter, Conroy’s NBN & what’s his big idea?

In today’s Mumbo Report from Studio 33, Malcolm Turnbull, Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband, talks about:

  • His media habits;
  • WikiLeaks, security breaches and parallels to Spycatcher;
  • Using Twitter to spark debate;
  • Conroy’s NBN;
  • His vision for the Australian media.

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Back to 1973 with Stephen Conroy’s sports rights TV policy

Back in 1973, the BBC aired an episode of Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads.

A comedy classic that still sometimes gets played in the UK before a big match, it featured the desperate attempts of the two heroes to avoid hearing the result of the the game before they can watch it on TV that night.

Thanks to Stephen Conroy, we’re going to be able to indulge in some nostalgia and reenact it 37 years later.   Read more »

Conroy finally announces changes to siphoning list – no obligation to show most sport live

TV broadcasters will still be able to show most sporting events on a delay of up to four hours, media minister Stephen Conroy’s review of the anti-siphoning legislation has concluded.

The review will also see the free to air broadcasters allowed to show protected events on their digital channels.   Read more »

Are you, like Stephen Conroy, terrified of evil creeping into your home through ‘The Portal’? Help is at hand

By now, most folk will be aware of media minister Stephen Conroy’s terror of the internet, and in particular, his fear of “spams and scams coming through the portal”.

Happily, there is a solution – the Portector:

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Stephen Conroy: Our sneering, sarcastic, patronising, grudge-bearing minister for filtering the internet

This week, I spent longer inside the mind of media minister Stephen Conroy than I would necessarily recommend.   Read more »

Mumbrellacast: Conroy beats up Google; The iPadstralian; 3D mystery; internet TV

In this week’s Mumbrellacast:

  • Conroy goes medieval on Google and Facebook
  • For the love of the iPad
  • 3D fever
  • Best football ads
  • Google TV   Read more »

Stephen Conroy: Rupert Murdoch’s wisdom made me give all that money to the free TV networks

Stephen Conroy has cited Rupert Murdoch’s public comments about the economics of television as one of the reasons he decided to give Australia’s TV networks a multi-million dollar discount on their licences. Read more »

Stephen Conroy: Rupert Murdoch’s wisdom made me give all that money to the free TV networks

Stephen Conroy has cited Rupert Murdoch’s public comments about the economics of television as one of the reasons he decided to give Australia’s TV networks a multi-million dollar discount on their licences.

When the announcement was made in February that the networks were getting the unexpected discounts, amounting to more than $200m, the Government cited a need to guarantee local content as the reason for giving free TV the leg-up.

The decision to give free TV the money created a furore, particularly in the pages of Murdoch’s News Ltd papers and from pay TV player Foxtel, in which Murdoch’s News Corp is a quarter owner. Foxtel has not received any similar government subsidies.

But in newly published transcripts  from this week’s Senate Estimates Committee, Conroy said that although he has never met him, Rupert Murdoch’s views influenced him to hand over the money.   Read more »

Conroy transcript shows depth of attack on Google ‘hypocrites’ and ‘rogue’ Facebook

The extent of media minister Stephen Conroy’s wide-ranging attack on Google and Facebook today emerged with the publication of Hansard transcripts of his comments at Monday night’s Senate Estimates Committee hearing.

As previously reported, Conroy attacked Google and Facebook for privacy breaches.   Read more »

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