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Applications open for high-power open narrowcasting licences

Monday 16 March, 2020

The ACMA is inviting applications for transmitter licences to provide high-power open (HPON) narrowcasting services in Gosford, New South Wales (747 kHz) and Hobart, Tasmania (104.3 MHz).  

The licences will be issued under a price-based allocation system, meaning if the ACMA receive more than one application for a HPON licence, they will issue that licence to the highest bidder at an auction.

Sale imminent for Spirit Radio Bunbury

Thursday 12 March, 2020

As SCA takes control of the Spirit Network in Western Australia, there is one station still left with an uncertain future, Spirit FM in Bunbury, previously known as 6EL on AM 621.

Eight in 10 Australians concerned about commercial influence in news

Friday 17 January, 2020

More than 8 in 10 Australian adults are concerned about large advertisers influencing the news, according to new research from the ACMA.

The research was released today in conjunction with an ACMA discussion paper, 'Impartiality and commercial influence in broadcast news'.

The ACMA gives prior approval for Seven West-Prime and Southern Cross transactions

Wednesday 18 December, 2019

The ACMA has given prior approval for a transaction that will result in breaches of the media diversity rules, involving a proposed merger between Seven West Media Ltd (Seven) and Prime Media Group Ltd (Prime).
The transaction, if it proceeds, will result in breaches of media diversity laws in six regional areas in Western Australia.

Changes in media prompted us to ask about the future of radio: ACMA's James Cameron #CBAAConf

Friday 25 October, 2019

ACMA Authority Member James Cameron spoke about the regulator's recent consultation on the Future of Radio at today's CBAA Conference.

“Changes in media have prompted us to ask the question how best the future of radio can be facilitated. It was a fact gathering exercise…”

Some of the things the ACMA has learnt from the consultancy so far are:

Proposed changes to Armidale radio frequencies

Friday 11 October, 2019

The ACMA is proposing to move Armidale’s 2AD off it’s current AM frequency to a new FM transmission, giving station listeners clearer and better quality audio.
Deputy Chair of the ACMA, Creina Chapman, says the proposal was part of a nationwide project converting commercial radio stations in regional areas from AM to FM. “There are a lot of benefits to FM radio, the sound quality is better than AM and it can be more cost effective for the station operators.

Temporary Community Broadcasting Licences criticised in ACMA submissions

Thursday 10 October, 2019

The Commercial Radio sector has criticised the Community Broadcasting sector in its submission to the ACMA's Future of Radio consultation, for the overuse of temporary licences (TCBLs).

The community broadcasting sector says it is an ACMA resource issue.

In its submission, CRA says:

21 submissions received for ACMA's Future of Radio consultation: Analysis

Saturday 05 October, 2019

Earlier this year the ACMA released an issues paper  and opened consultation on the future delivery of radio services in Australia.

SEN+ at fault over gambling ad rules during Australian Open

Tuesday 24 September, 2019

An investigation by the ACMA has found SEN+ has breached gambling advertising rules.


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