Flint tapped chair of ABA

SYDNEY — David Flint, a prominent critic of Oz’s media ownership laws, has been appointed chairman of federal communications law enforcement agency the Australian Broadcasting Authority .

The government has been trying to abolish cross media ownerships rules (which prevent TV owners such as Kerry Packer from controlling newspapers and vice versa), since its election to office in March.

Enthusiasm waned

But stinging criticism from Kerry Stokes, some newspapers, government backbenchers and the Senate has seen the government’s enthusiasm for media law reform wane.

Flint replaces outgoing ABA chairman Peter Webb on Oct. 5, while ABA general manager of policy and programs Gareth Grainger has been tapped as the ABA’s deputy chairman.

Meantime, Michael Gordon-Smith, outgoing chief exec of Oz’s premier film and TV lobbying and representative body, the Screen Producers Association of Australia, has been tapped as a full-time board member of the ABA.

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