23 Feb 2021

Media commentator Andrew Holden

From Nine To Noon, 11:50 am on 23 February 2021

Google - the flurry of deals signed in the past 10 days with Australian media companies, taking the sting out of the new legislation which forces such a negotiation. Also, Facebook's decision to abolish all Australian news from its platform so it doesn't have to pay, which inadvertently wiped out access to the likes of the Bureau of Meteorology (weather reports) and fire and emergency pages, and Facebook in Australia itself!

A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logos of mobile apps Facebook and Google displayed on a tablet. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP)

Photo: AFP

Andrew Holden is a journalist for more than 30 years including five as Editor of The Press (in Christchurch) and four as Editor-in-Chief of The Age in Melbourne.