The Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is said to be privately furious about TEN’s deal for News Limited to produce Meet the Press, and even floated the idea of a ban to stop networks from outsourcing news and current affairs to other media companies.
The Australian, published by News Ltd, reports he put a proposal to Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Monday night but she rejected the idea.
Greens leader Christine Milne has also objected to TEN’s links with the media empire through Meet the Press and The Bolt Report, including raising concerns in Parliament.
Observers are still awaiting the government’s media reform package, with time to legislate it before the election slipping away.
“The government is considering the recommendations of the Convergence Review and Finkelstein inquiry and will respond in due course,” said a spokesman for the minister.
TEN has been outsourcing a new-look Meet the Press this year, with the show previously produced in-house by TEN.