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Thursday, 4 May 1961

Mr JONES - Has the PostmasterGeneral's attention been directed to attempts by the management of the " Sydney Morning Herald " to acquire the " Newcastle Morning Herald ", the Newcastle evening newspaper " The Newcastle Sun ", and Western Newspapers Limited, a company that controls several mid-western New South Wales daily newspapers and radio stations; also its take-over of the " Illawarra Daily Mercury " and the Wagga " Daily Advertiser", with a view to owning and controlling country broadcasting stations and country television stations after the applications by the " Sydney Morning Herald " management for television licences in the areas covered by those newspapers had been rejected by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board in favour of companies with which the country newspapers and country radio stations are closely associated, and in which they hold large interests? If he is acquainted with what is going on, what action does he propose to take to prevent the broadcasting and television licences which the " Sydney Morning Herald " now seeks to acquire from falling into its hands and coming under its monopolistic control?

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