Inquiry into the reporting of sports news and the emergence of digital media
Terms of Reference
The Senate has referred the following matter to the Committee for
inquiry and report by 14 May 2009:
The reporting of sports news and the emergence of digital media, with
particular reference to:
- the balance of commercial and public interests in the reporting and
broadcasting of sports news;
- the nature of sports news reporting in the digital age, and the
effect of new technologies (including video streaming on the Internet,
archived photo galleries and mobile devices) on the nature of sports news
- whether and why sporting organisations want digital reporting of
sports regulated, and what should be protected by such regulation;
- the appropriate balance between sporting and media organisations'
respective commercial interests in the issue;
- the appropriate balance between regulation and commercial
negotiation in ensuring that competing organisations get fair access to
sporting events for reporting purposes;
- the appropriate balance between the public's right to access
alternative sources of information using new types of digital media, and
the rights of sporting organisations to control or limit access to ensure
a fair commercial return or for other reasons;
- should sporting organisations be able to apply frequency
limitations to news reports in the digital media;
- the current accreditation processes for journalists and media
representatives at sporting events, and the use of accreditation for
controlling reporting on events; and
- options other than regulation or commercial negotiation (such as
industry guidelines for sports and news agencies in sports reporting,
dispute resolution mechanisms and codes of practice) to manage sports news
to balance commercial interests and public interests.
The Committee invites written submissions from interested individuals and organisations, preferably in electronic form sent by email, to
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must include full postal address and contact details.
The closing date for submissions is Monday, 6 April 2009.
Alternatively, submissions may be sent to The Secretary, Senate
Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts, PO Box 6100 Parliament House, CANBERRA ACT 2600, or faxed to 02 6277 5818.
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