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Panpa Bulletin : November 2011
PRINTPOSTAPPROVED:239556/00015 PRESS Council boss Julian Disney has called for publishers to accept the need for govern- ment funding to help finance improvements to the industry’s regulation. Its future is a major focus for a government- summonsed media inquiry headed by Justice Raymond Finkelstein. Professor Julian Disney, chairman of the council, said if the industry was to avoid the spectre of a government regulator – such as the Australian Communications and Media Authority, the broadcasting regulator – the council must be willing to accept government funding. “Unless the Council has more adequate and secure funding, it can’t expect to be regarded as sufficiently independent,” Professor Disney said. There was “not the slightest prospect” of al- lowing a government representative to sit on the Council, he said. “There is a degree of naivety in some quar- ters about what government funding means,” he said. “If there are strings, you don’t take the money. “The key question is: if the council isn’t properly and securely funded – if it’s at the mercy of one publisher saying, ‘I don’t like one of your adjudications, I’ll get out’ – then it can’t expect to be taken seriously as a system of self-regulation. “At the moment, 45 percent of our funding comes from one publisher.” This is News Limited. The Myer Foundation is a contributor from outside the industry. The chief executive of the Newspaper Publishers’ Association, Mark Hollands, was sceptical. “Government funding for anything is never secure – it’s no guarantee of anything,” he said. Mr Hollands said he understood the anxiety about accepting government money to fund self-regulation. “The Press Council needs more money to improve its intellectual rigour,” he said. “Some executives fear that if the publishers increase their funding, then they’ll be seen as paying for their problems to go away. Govern- ment inclusion is apparently a way to enhance independence.” Sophie Tarr NPA BEEF US UP CONTINUED PAGE 5 Publication of the Newspaper Publishers’ Association New s pape r Publi s he rs’ A ss ociation A$995 NZ $12 November 2011 SiNgAPore girl ModEl oF PErFEction PAGE 3 Man on a mission Culture warriors Pulitzer-winner’s amazing images leaders who are changing our industry PAGE 16 PAGE 9 DS CHEMPORT (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD FORGING CLIENT PARTNERSHIPS Formulators and manufacturers of Press Chemistry, Printing Blankets & Post Press Products for the Printing and Graphic Arts Industries Head office: 41 Jesica Road, Campbellfield VIC 3061 TEL: (03) 9357 0933 NSW: (02) 9540 1019 • SA: (08) 8238 3430 • QLD: (07) 3552 6700 AWARDS 2011 NEWSPAPER OFTHE YEAR Award night photographs winners celebrate Office victory photosinside PresentedBy Newspaperof the Ye ar winners AwardsShowcase: thebestofthebest specialsouvenirliftout YoUr 48-PAGE PAnPA 2011 nEWSPAPEr oF tHE YEAr AWArdS SoUVEnir liFtoUt PAnPA award winner . . . a self-portrait by Andy drewitt of leader newspapers WAr STorY YoU’rE in tHE GAME PAGES 12 & 13 INSIDE