The Federal Government has released the Media Reform Green Paper seeking comment about licensing, regulation, future spectrum allocation and investment obligations that will shape the future of Australian content and the media and communications sector.
During this event, panellists discussed their views on the paper’s proposals and it’s direction.
Watch the keynote address given by Michell Rowalamd MP, Shadow Minister for Communications here.
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Anna Draffin is a strategically focused senior executive with over 15 years’ experience in business strategy, management and positive change leadership within multi-stakeholder organisations, across the corporate, government, philanthropic and non-profit sectors. She has coached and worked with dozens of boards and senior management to build and translate innovation and vision into sustainable commercial models.
Anna is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Non Executive Director of YWCA’s Victorian Housing Board. She holds a double degree in Commerce and Arts (University of Melbourne) and is a scholarship graduate of the General Manager Program (Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW). She was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of PIJI in April 2020, having served as Interim Executive Director since August 2019.
Bridget Fair is Chief Executive Officer of Free TV Australia, the industry body that represents Australia’s commercial television licensees. She previously held a number of senior roles with Seven West Media, most recently Group Chief of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs.
Prior to joining Seven, Ms Fair worked as General Counsel for SBS, legal counsel for the ABC and in private legal practice. She is also a former Chairman of Screenrights and has been on the Boards of OzTAM and Freeview. She is also a non-executive Director of iSelect.
Ms Fair holds a BA/LLB from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and is a Graduate of the AICD.
Giles Tanner is an independent advisor on communications and media regulation and policy, a senior research fellow at Swinburne University of Technology and former head of radiofrequency spectrum management at the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
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Peter S. Grant is a retired Senior Counsel at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms. For many years he was the head of its Communications Group. Mr. Grant pioneered the field of communications law in Canada, and for over 50 years his practice was substantially devoted to this field, including broadcasting and cable television licensing, satellite services, copyright negotiations, cultural industries, and telecommunications regulation. Mr. Grant is the author or co-author of numerous articles, books and publications, including Blockbusters and Trade Wars: Popular Culture in a Globalized World (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2004), Canadian Broadcasting Regulatory Handbook, now in its 14th edition, and Communications Law and the Courts in Canada, now in its third edition. Mr. Grant was one of six experts on the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel, which published its report, Canada’s Communications Future: Time to Act, in January 2020.
Dr Rob Nicholls is a senior lecturer in business law at the UNSW Business School and a member of the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation at UNSW Law. He is also a visiting professional fellow at UTS Sydney Law. His research interests focus on regulation of networked industries and the financial services sector. He has a special interest in regulatory interactions associated with competition law and policy.
Before this appointment, Dr Nicholls was a research fellow at the Centre for International Finance and Regulation and at Swinburne University of Technology. Dr Nicholls has had a thirty-year career concentrating on competition, regulation and governance.
Before moving to academia, Dr Nicholls worked for Webb Henderson, the ACCC and spent twelve years as a client-facing consultant at Gilbert + Tobin, including as a partner. He is an accredited mediator and Australia’s Independent Telecommunications Adjudicator. In addition, he is a member of the NBN arbitration pool.
Dr Nicholls first degree was in electronics and communications engineering from the University of Birmingham and he was awarded his PhD and MA by UNSW Sydney.
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