Shadow Minister for Local Government and Western Sydney, Greg Warren MP, has called on the NSW Government to better support rural and metropolitan media outlets to ensure they not only survive, but also thrive.
Mr Warren has moved a notice of motion in the Legislative Assembly noting the House:
- Acknowledges the important role metropolitan and rural media play in informing communities
- Recognises the challenges facing media outlets – particularly in regards to the transition from print media to a more digital media focus
- Urges the Government to support and nurture metropolitan and rural media through this ongoing and significant changing landscape
Mr Warren said the greater focus on digital content as well the impacts of COVID-19, had placed a tremendous strain on many newsrooms throughout the state.
“All media outlets, regardless of their size of stature, play a vital role in ensuring their communities are well informed about all issues,” he said.
“They also ensure those elected to public office are held accountable for their actions as well as their inaction – something I fully support and welcome.
“COVID-19 as well as a greater focus on the digital media, has taken its toll on many publications who are really treading water.
“It essential for all communities to have strong and healthy publications at a local level, a regional level, a state level and a national level.”
GREG WARREN MP
NSW SHADOW MINISTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT
NSW SHADOW MINISTER FOR WESTERN SYDNEY