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Hawkesbury Radio to stay on air longer, other groups also contest licence

Friday 06 October, 2017

After recently losing its full time licence, community station Hawkesbury Radio received some good news last week: it will be able to stay on air longer, until 5 November, thanks to a new Temporary Community Broadcasting Licence (TCBL).

The incumbent station has been granted the opportunity to use the temporary licence system to prove to the ACMA that it now deserves a new licence.

Full time siren for Hawkesbury Radio footy broadcaster after 20 years of calling League

Tuesday 03 October, 2017

Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM in Sydney’s west has just wrapped up two decades of calling Rugby League.

Rotary clubs plan to rescue Hawkesbury Radio

Sunday 10 September, 2017

It was only a couple of weeks ago we reported that the ACMA declined to renew the broadcast licence for Hawkesbury Radio.

'Disappointing' news for two community stations that will go dark

Monday 28 August, 2017

Two community radio operations today have joined a small group of stations to have lost their licences in Australia.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority had cancelled the licences of only six other stations in the past, with Hawkesbury Radio 2VTR and Rhema Radio 4MIG Mt Isa now added to the list.

Two community stations not renewed in ACMA re-licencing process

Monday 28 August, 2017

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has renewed 148 of 150 community broadcasting licences assessed in the last financial year.

Two of 150 renewal applications received in the last financial year were declined by the ACMA:

  • 2VTR in the Windsor area of New South Wales; and
  • 4MIG in Mount Isa, Queensland

The two stations have been contacted for comment. The Mt Isa station's contact number appears to be disconnected and the station website is no longer operating.

The ACMA finds against Hawkesbury Radio in long running dispute

Wednesday 22 February, 2017

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has ruled against community station 2VTR, Hawkesbury Radio and in favour of two complainants who accused the licensee of restrictive practices in granting their applications to become members. 

ACMA finds 2VTR not doing enough to encourage community participation

Tuesday 20 October, 2015

2VTR, communtiy radio station in Windsor, NSW has been issued remedial directions from the Australian Communications and Media Authority after it was found to be in breach of a licence condition requiring it to encourage community participation in the operations of the station.

This licence condition is a key point of difference between community broadcasting services and other categories of broadcasting service.

Hawkesbury Radio in hot water again. This time from the ACMA

Tuesday 08 July, 2014

Less than two weeks ago, Hawkesbury Radio 89.9 FM, a community station on the outskirts of Sydney, lost a case in the NSW Supreme Court brought by former member John Bryant. The station has been ordered to reinstate Bryant who was found to have been denied procedural fairness when he was expelled over a year ago.
 

Complaints and legal threats for Hawkesbury Radio after expelling member

Thursday 18 July, 2013

 

A dispute inside Hawkesbury Radio resulted in the expulsion of member John Bryant this week. But that may not be the end of it.

ACMA is conducting an investigation and legal action is threatened.

An ACMA spokesperson has confirmed that a number of complaints were received about the station, but they were all dismissed. There is one more current complaint under investigation:

Community station votes to expel a member

Sunday 14 July, 2013

 

Sydney community station Hawkesbury Radio has begun the formal process of expelling a member, but it has divided the station and made the process very public.

In an email message, copied widely to local members and political party leaders, a supporter of the member being expelled argues that the process denies natural justice.

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