Australia’s media watchdog chairwoman, Nerida O’Loughlin, will stay on for two more years as the federal government moves forward with its review of how the commercial television and radio sector is regulated.

The federal government has reappointed O’Loughlin as chairman of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) until 2024, an extension of his five-year term, which was due to expire next week.

Australian Communications and Media Authority chairwoman Nerida O’Loughlin will serve another two years.Credit:Rhett Wyman

Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said O’Loughlin had made a significant contribution to the sector during her five-year tenure, in particular by managing misinformation and misinformation on digital platforms and protecting Australians from abuse. scams.

“His work supporting media and communications organizations during the pandemic has been invaluable,” Rowland said. “Ms. O’Loughlin is a highly experienced and trusted professional from both government and industry, and I look forward to working with her in her capacity as President of the ACMA.”

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The ACMA is responsible for regulating Australia’s television, radio and telecommunications networks, as well as online content. It oversees a co-regulatory regime which was established by the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and requires broadcasters to develop industry codes of practice which establish content guarantees for their television and radio audiences. Codes do not cover streaming services such as Netflix, Stan and Disney+.

The authority’s work often takes place behind the scenes, unless it involves investigating a complaint from a listener or viewer about a particular broadcast. It is currently finalize a review in a two-part ABC documentary which focused on US cable giant Fox News and its role in the 2020 US election.

Since his appointment in 2017, O’Loughlin has established a task force to combat mobile scams, regulated the spread of misinformation and misinformation on platforms such as YouTube and Facebook, and allocated billions of dollars in spectrum to telecommunications providers.

But over the same period, the media watchdog has come under fire from senators and former prime ministers for claiming it is toothless and has little power to regulate the media and public sector. telecommunications. His credentials were scrutinized last year by the Morrison government’s media diversity inquiry, which looked into the suspension of Sky News’ YouTube account.