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Time running out to have your say on 21st century media content regulation

Media release: 13 October 2015

Time is running out to put forward submissions on media content regulation in the discussion document Content Regulation in a Converged World released by Broadcasting and Communications Minister Amy Adams.

Paul Barker, Acting Cultural Policy Branch Manager, Ministry for Culture and Heritage says submissions, closing this Friday 16 October, provide an opportunity for industry and public views on the regulations affecting today’s media landscape.

“Released in August, Content Regulation in a Converged World asks people what they think about everything from Sunday morning advertising to the rules around general election programmes and content classification across various media,” Paul Barker said.

“As much of our regulation was designed around traditional forms of delivery the current system for content regulation treats content differently depending on the medium through which it’s delivered.

“In the modern media environment, consumers can access a range of content through a range of devices, at any time and it’s timely to ensure our legislation is fit for purpose.

“We want to ensure regulation is flexible and fair, and reflects the way people do business and consume media today and in the future. This is why we want to get views from people from all walks of life as well as the media industry.

“We want to ensure policy and legislation is durable, technology-neutral and supports innovation and change and at the same time helps business and consumers to reap the advantages of digital transformation,” Paul Barker said.

More information on the Content Regulation in a Converged World discussion document can be found at: and in this Two-page summary on content discussion document.

And for information on the Government’s work in digital convergence see:   


Updated on 16th October 2015