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We’re in an exciting time for media and broadcasting, as the industry undergoes unprecedented change. Convergence between mobile telecommunications, traditional media, on-line and social media, is affecting development in content creation, delivery and immediacy of reporting.

The traditional media sector continues to experience renewed consolidation with an expected increase in  mergers and affiliations. We have also seen the aggregation of spectrum, renewal of licences, and an attempt to re-block spectrum and licences.

Direct participants in mobile telecommunications, traditional media, online and social media need to keep pace with these developments, and other businesses also need to understand them because they affect the way companies must interact with the media.

Corrs has a diverse practice in this area, representing direct and indirect participants. Our work for NBN Co has put us at the forefront of understanding the full broadband spectrum. That, coupled with our work for traditional media outlets, gives us enormous exposure to syndicated, converged programming and production agreements.

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Arvind Dixit

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Frances Wheelahan

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James North

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Jim Micallef

Special Counsel Location Sydney Profile
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Justin Gay

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Richard Leder

Partner Location Melbourne Profile

Our Experience

Acquisition by Lachlan Murdoch of 50% interest in DMG Radio from Daily Mail and General Trust

The Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT) transferred 50% of its interest in Australian radio network, DMG Radio Australia, to Lachlan Murdoch’s private investment company, Illyria.

The transaction was a 50/50 joint venture between DMGT and Illyria, with Lachlan Murdoch becoming chairman of DMG Radio Australia.

The deal combined the global strength of DMGT with the local networks and expertise of Illyria.

Corrs’ advice to DMG Radio included overcoming complex structuring issues and securing a number of consents and approvals from government authorities and third parties.

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Southern Cross Media’s takeover of Austereo

Corrs advised Southern Cross Media on its $724 million takeover of Austereo Group Limited. Austereo Group Limited, which owns the 2Day, Fox and Triple M networks, became a takeover target after Village Roadshow announced it wanted to sell its 52.52% stake in the radio company.

Corrs was the principal adviser to Southern Cross Media on its successful $721 million off-market takeover bid for Austereo, which allowed Southern Cross Media to dramatically expand its reach in the metropolitan radio markets.

Corrs’ advice included a pre-bid arrangement with Village Roadshow Limited, advice on all takeover aspects of the transaction and advice on the associated debt facilities and the equity raising (RAPIDS entitlement offer).

Corrs drafted and negotiated all transaction documents including the implementation deed, pre-bid agreement, Bidder’s Statement and the debt and equity raising documents. Corrs also chaired the Due Diligence Committee and conducted legal due diligence on Austereo.

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Our Thinking

The statutory ‘journalists’ privilege’: Has it done enough to protect journalists from being obliged to disclose confidential sources?

The legal basis on which a journalist can protect the identity of an ‘anonymous’ source has been the subject of some significant developments in certain Australian jurisdictions.

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Can journalists really promise anonymity to their sources?

Investigative journalists rely heavily on their ability to attract and retain the trust of their sources. But can they really promise them anonymity?

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Is David Gordon right? Are Australia’s media control rules redundant?

The answer could well be “Yes”. Australia’s media ownership laws are no longer “fit for purpose”.

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What Google’s potential liability for defamation means for protecting your reputation

Why now more than ever is a good time to check what search results come up when you google yourself.

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Data retention regime - Soon to become reality

Telcos and ISPs will have to retain customer metadata for up to two years under the new law.

More

ALRC's 'Invasions of privacy' reforms: Protecting privacy at the expense of freedom of expression

A proposed privacy change may stop media defendants being able to use public interest as a defence for invasions of privacy.

More

Serious invasions of privacy by the media: ALRC calls for increased media regulator powers

A new proposal would give the ACMA power to award compensation for losses caused by a broadcaster invading an individual’s privacy.

More

The evil of the grapevine - Defamed on social media

If defamatory allegations about you spread on Twitter or Facebook, what options do you have for recourse?

More

Fair use: Floodgates or fair go?

Australia has more to gain than to fear from incorporating the fair use doctrine into copyright laws.

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Fair use: The cloud is the limit

Australia’s cloud services industry is a big winner if a ‘fair use’ exception to copyright infringement is introduced.

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Getting territorial: Geo-blocking on borrowed time?

Australians will pay less for apps, music and more under recommendations of IT pricing Inquiry.

More

Avoid social media folly: Seafolly v Madden case study and our top tips

What happens when a company vents their frustration about a competitor on Facebook? How does the law respond? Learnings from Seafolly v Madden.

More

Prince Harry, those naked pictures and the question of the right to privacy in the digital age

Is it time for Australia to review its privacy laws?

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NRL rights deal confirms there is still big money in sport, despite regulatory uncertainty for media industry

Why has the Nine Network and Fox Sports just paid $1billion for the NRL broadcast rights when those rights could be transformed overnight?

More

Copyright and the Digital Economy - ALRC inquiry needs broader scope

Australians need a copyright system that works. One they can respect. Our copyright laws need to provide certainty, encourage innovation, and enhance the free flow of information.

More

Radio industry welcomes decision by High Court to uphold cap on royalties

Commercial broadcasters all around Australia breathed a sigh of relief last month when the High Court handed the industry a crucial victory.

More

Independent Media Inquiry - Another report, another recommendation for a new regulator of Australian media

Reports of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal and the ensuing investigations in the UK during 2011 resulted in calls for the Australian media to be similarly investigated.

More

Convergence Review: Federal Court throws Committee Optus TV Now curve-ball

The enormity and complexity of the task of regulating media and content services in a converged environment was thrown into sharp relief by the Federal Court’s recent decision in the Optus “TV Now” case.

More

Convergence Review Interim Report: recommendations risk further uncertainty

Expectations for the Convergence Review are high – that it will produce a new regulatory framework that is fair, flexible and doesn’t stifle innovation.

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Convergence Review - Meeting the regulatory challenge

As the traditional distinctions between TV, radio and telecommunications blur and dissolve in a converging world, the regulatory framework governing these sectors is no longer working. Revolutionary change is required.

More

Media inquiry - Where does print end and broadcast begin?

All media outlets should look carefully at the inquiry and should consider whether they should become involved, in order to protect their long term interests.

More

Our Experience

Acquisition by Lachlan Murdoch of 50% interest in DMG Radio from Daily Mail and General Trust

The Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT) transferred 50% of its interest in Australian radio network, DMG Radio Australia, to Lachlan Murdoch’s private investment company, Illyria.

The transaction was a 50/50 joint venture between DMGT and Illyria, with Lachlan Murdoch becoming chairman of DMG Radio Australia.

The deal combined the global strength of DMGT with the local networks and expertise of Illyria.

Corrs’ advice to DMG Radio included overcoming complex structuring issues and securing a number of consents and approvals from government authorities and third parties.

Southern Cross Media’s takeover of Austereo

Corrs advised Southern Cross Media on its $724 million takeover of Austereo Group Limited. Austereo Group Limited, which owns the 2Day, Fox and Triple M networks, became a takeover target after Village Roadshow announced it wanted to sell its 52.52% stake in the radio company.

Corrs was the principal adviser to Southern Cross Media on its successful $721 million off-market takeover bid for Austereo, which allowed Southern Cross Media to dramatically expand its reach in the metropolitan radio markets.

Corrs’ advice included a pre-bid arrangement with Village Roadshow Limited, advice on all takeover aspects of the transaction and advice on the associated debt facilities and the equity raising (RAPIDS entitlement offer).

Corrs drafted and negotiated all transaction documents including the implementation deed, pre-bid agreement, Bidder’s Statement and the debt and equity raising documents. Corrs also chaired the Due Diligence Committee and conducted legal due diligence on Austereo.

Our Thinking

The statutory ‘journalists’ privilege’: Has it done enough to protect journalists from being obliged to disclose confidential sources?

The legal basis on which a journalist can protect the identity of an ‘anonymous’ source has been the subject of some significant developments in certain Australian jurisdictions.

Can journalists really promise anonymity to their sources?

Investigative journalists rely heavily on their ability to attract and retain the trust of their sources. But can they really promise them anonymity?

Is David Gordon right? Are Australia’s media control rules redundant?

The answer could well be “Yes”. Australia’s media ownership laws are no longer “fit for purpose”.

What Google’s potential liability for defamation means for protecting your reputation

Why now more than ever is a good time to check what search results come up when you google yourself.

Data retention regime - Soon to become reality

Telcos and ISPs will have to retain customer metadata for up to two years under the new law.

ALRC's 'Invasions of privacy' reforms: Protecting privacy at the expense of freedom of expression

A proposed privacy change may stop media defendants being able to use public interest as a defence for invasions of privacy.

Serious invasions of privacy by the media: ALRC calls for increased media regulator powers

A new proposal would give the ACMA power to award compensation for losses caused by a broadcaster invading an individual’s privacy.

The evil of the grapevine - Defamed on social media

If defamatory allegations about you spread on Twitter or Facebook, what options do you have for recourse?

Fair use: Floodgates or fair go?

Australia has more to gain than to fear from incorporating the fair use doctrine into copyright laws.

Fair use: The cloud is the limit

Australia’s cloud services industry is a big winner if a ‘fair use’ exception to copyright infringement is introduced.

Getting territorial: Geo-blocking on borrowed time?

Australians will pay less for apps, music and more under recommendations of IT pricing Inquiry.

Avoid social media folly: Seafolly v Madden case study and our top tips

What happens when a company vents their frustration about a competitor on Facebook? How does the law respond? Learnings from Seafolly v Madden.

Prince Harry, those naked pictures and the question of the right to privacy in the digital age

Is it time for Australia to review its privacy laws?

NRL rights deal confirms there is still big money in sport, despite regulatory uncertainty for media industry

Why has the Nine Network and Fox Sports just paid $1billion for the NRL broadcast rights when those rights could be transformed overnight?

Copyright and the Digital Economy - ALRC inquiry needs broader scope

Australians need a copyright system that works. One they can respect. Our copyright laws need to provide certainty, encourage innovation, and enhance the free flow of information.

Radio industry welcomes decision by High Court to uphold cap on royalties

Commercial broadcasters all around Australia breathed a sigh of relief last month when the High Court handed the industry a crucial victory.

Independent Media Inquiry - Another report, another recommendation for a new regulator of Australian media

Reports of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal and the ensuing investigations in the UK during 2011 resulted in calls for the Australian media to be similarly investigated.

Convergence Review: Federal Court throws Committee Optus TV Now curve-ball

The enormity and complexity of the task of regulating media and content services in a converged environment was thrown into sharp relief by the Federal Court’s recent decision in the Optus “TV Now” case.

Convergence Review Interim Report: recommendations risk further uncertainty

Expectations for the Convergence Review are high – that it will produce a new regulatory framework that is fair, flexible and doesn’t stifle innovation.

Convergence Review - Meeting the regulatory challenge

As the traditional distinctions between TV, radio and telecommunications blur and dissolve in a converging world, the regulatory framework governing these sectors is no longer working. Revolutionary change is required.

Media inquiry - Where does print end and broadcast begin?

All media outlets should look carefully at the inquiry and should consider whether they should become involved, in order to protect their long term interests.

Our Experts

DIXIT Arvind website grey SIZED TH

Arvind Dixit

Special Counsel Melbourne +61 3 9672 3032
WHEELAHAN Frances website grey SIZED TH

Frances Wheelahan

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3380
James North.jpg

James North

Partner Sydney +61 2 9210 6734
Jim Micallif.jpg

Jim Micallef

Special Counsel Sydney +61 2 9210 6714
GAYJustinwebsitegreySIZEDTH.jpg

Justin Gay

Special Counsel Melbourne +61 3 9672 3457
Richard Leder.jpg

Richard Leder

Partner Melbourne +61 3 9672 3489