Local media outlets have never been more important and deserve support from State and Federal Governments.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has welcomed a Federal Government commitment amounting to more than $91 million to help Australian media companies survive through the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The package will assist both TV and radio broadcasters and local newspapers.
“We need our local media to provide local stories and news in our communities across Gippsland and that is true more than ever at the moment.
“I’m pleased that the Federal Government has provided this package of support which will help media companies weather the storm.
“Our local newspapers, radio and TV do a great job telling our stories and ensuring that our community voice is heard locally and around the nation.
“Unfortunately we have seen some local papers close, but I hope that is a temporary state of affairs.
“It would be a very different landscape and a travesty for our local communities if we lost these local voices. It’s critically important that the stories in our own communities are told to help ensure the fabric in our local area remains strong.
“While traditional media has been under pressure in recent times, as a former journalist and now an MP, I am aghast at what I sometimes see circulating on social media.
“While on the one hand it’s great that people have access to diverse sources of information, I encourage Gippslanders to get their news from reputable sources.
“The amount of conspiracy theory rubbish that I have been sent recently, particularly about coronavirus, is very concerning and highlights the need for credible, stable news sources to be available.”
Mr O’Brien said he would continue to support local media as best he can and encouraged those business and Gippslanders who are able to, to continue to advertise with our local TV, radio and newspapers.