News businesses can now register for the Media Code

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has formally opened submissions for the News Media Bargaining Code.

News business can now register for the code, which was passed by the Senate and parliament last week, after a raft of amendments were made.

Businesses wishing to register must meet eligibility criteria set out in the code, and the ACMA has published a set of guidelines to help potential applicants determine whether they are eligible.

The ACMA chair Nerida O’Loughlin said eligible corporations that operate news businesses can now apply via the ACMA website.

“I encourage any news businesses interested in being registered under the code to carefully read through the eligibility guidelines on our website and, if eligible, to apply through our online portal,” she said.

“The ACMA will assess applications and publish details about registered news businesses on its website.”

The ACMA has three roles under the code. Firstly, it will assess the eligibility of news businesses who want to participate in the code. Next, it will appoint mediators to assist bargaining parties.

Lastly, the ACMA will register and appoint arbitrators if bargaining parties cannot agree on the make-up of an arbitration panel.

Once companies successfully sign up, the ACMA will also publish a list of registered corporations and their news sources on its website.

On its website, the ACMA said it will release more information about mediators and arbitrators in the coming weeks.


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