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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.

5MU looks to move to FM

Friday 17 May, 2019

Listeners of the commercial radio station 5MU in Murray Bridge, Mount Barker and Victor Harbor may soon be retuning their radios if the ACMA accepts a proposal by the station to swap from AM to FM transmission.

ACMA seeks feedback on the future delivery of radio

Tuesday 30 April, 2019

The ACMA is seeking feedback from Australian broadcasters and audio content providers about emerging technologies, the impact on their businesses and the choices these create for the radio industry.

The ACMA is interested in technological developments and changes in listener behaviour affecting the delivery of radio services in different ways in metropolitan, regional and remote areas, and welcomes comments and views about:

Changes to Bega, Cooma and Goulburn radio services

Friday 29 March, 2019

Listeners of commercial radio stations 2EC Bega, 2XL Cooma and 2GN Goulburn may soon be retuning their radios if the ACMA accepts proposals by the stations that would see them swap from AM to FM transmission.

ACMA Chair, Nerida O’Loughlin, says “FM radio provides improved audio quality for listeners in regional areas and can be more cost-effective to operate than AM radio.

2GB and Alan Jones breach the decency requirements

Thursday 28 March, 2019

The ACMA has found that Harbour Radio Pty Ltd, the licensee of radio station 2GB, breached the Commercial Radio Code of Practice in an Alan Jones Breakfast Show segment broadcast on 23 August 2018.

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