Still the Main Source: The Established Media Chapter uri icon

Book Title

  • Double Dissolution: The 2016 Australian Election


  • The Australian federal election of July 2016 came at a time of ongoing turbulence and transition for the established press and broadcasting sectors—the ‘legacy’ media, as they are often described. In the period since 2013, when Wayne Errington argued that ‘mainstream media still matters’ (2015: 67), there have been more redundancies in the Fairfax, News Coporation, and ABC newsrooms. More local newspapers, such as the Cooma Monaro Express, have closed. New entrants to the Australian public sphere such as The Conversation, and local versions of global news brands such as the Guardian, Huffington Post, Daily Mail and Buzzfeed have emerged as serious competitors for the established providers such as Fairfax Media and News Corporation Australia (News Corp). And yet, as recent research has found (Watkins et al. 2015; McNair et al. 2017), mainstream broadcast and press news brands remain the main sources of news for the majority of Australians.

publication date

  • 2018