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So Australia, under the Convergence Review, new media would be caught equally as old media, depending on whether they hit that threshold.

For the other countries, I would say they are as -- they're on the back foot as far as new media is concerned, I think as we are here, because each of these press councils have been set up with the printed press in mind.

They've then been enlarged to take the online versions of the printed press, and now they're confronted by new media, and that's a huge issue, because if your funding mechanism is set up based around print publications -- and some of them also have contributions from journalists' unions as well. But that is your model, and then new media want to join, which of course you would want to encourage those standards, it's a problem in terms of how do they pay in, what do you expect of them, and more to the point, if they're paying for it, what seat do they have at the governance table?

Those are real questions, and as far as I could see at the moment, there are a whole series of fudges going on while they grapple well this, and to some extent look here to see what happens.

So in Sweden new media can come in. They simply pay on that polluter pays basis, and it's just a short-term fudge. If you can keep out of trouble, then you don't need to pay. If you're in trouble, that's the mechanism through which you pay.

In Ireland you pay a flat fee of GBP200 a year.

So there are different ways of approaching it, but I think they all dread the point at which they will have to dismantle the existing structures.

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