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ABC and SBS may be included in ACCC code requiring Google and Facebook to pay for news

Communications minister does not rule out shift on the public broadcasters, saying government will consider its position after regulator’s consultation process

The communications minister has left the door open to including the ABC and SBS in the new code forcing Google and Facebook to pay for the value they receive from distributing Australian journalism.

Paul Fletcher also acknowledged on Wednesday that the competition regulator had received “quite a number of submissions” about the suitability of the proposed mechanism to resolve disputes between the big digital platforms and Australian media organisations.

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