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Proposed deeming principles for regional radio licence areas

Tuesday 30 June, 2020

The ACMA is proposing to adopt a set of principles to use as guidance when considering whether to deem a community licence area under subsection 8AD(3) of the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA).
 
This would enable community radio broadcasting services in these areas to broadcast in digital. 
 
Community radio broadcasting licensees need access to digital multiplex capacity to transmit digital services under the current legislation for digital radio.
 

ACMA releases guidance to digital platforms

Friday 26 June, 2020

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released a position paper outlining its expectations for a voluntary code or codes of practice on misinformation and news quality to be developed by digital platforms.
 

Liverpool Plains have access to their first community radio station

Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Tamworth Broadcasting Society’s (TBS) new high power transmitter on Who’d-A-Thought-It lookout at Quirindi began broadcasting on Monday, 22nd June at 12 noon.

ACMA granted TBS a full broadcast repeater licence covering all of the Liverpool Plains. The Authority said this is one of the most significant licence approvals for community broadcasting in the region since FM broadcast commenced in the 1980’s.

Ray Hadley comments breach decency rules

Tuesday 16 June, 2020

An ACMA investigation has found radio station Triple M 105.1 Central West breached decency rules for comments made by Ray Hadley in which he allegedly made threats of physical assault against a social media user.

The ACMA investigated a complaint about a broadcast of The Ray Hadley Morning Show on Triple M 105.1 Central West, which aired in May 2019. During the broadcast, Mr Hadley made the comments about an unnamed individual who had allegedly made a remark about Mr Hadley’s granddaughter.

Alan Jones' impeccable timing on investigation

Thursday 21 May, 2020

Just a few days ago Alan Jones announced his impending retirement.

Today the ACMA announced the findings of its investigation into Jones’ breaches of decency and accuracy, coming down against Jones and the new licensee of 2GB, Nine Entertainment.

ACMA finds Alan Jones breached broadcasting rules

Thursday 21 May, 2020

Alan Jones has provided an on-air correction following an ACMA investigation that found the licensee of radio station 2GB in breach of broadcasting rules due to inaccurate comments he made about climate change.
 
2GB was also found to have breached decency rules in relation to comments made by Mr Jones regarding New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
 
The ACMA received more than 125 complaints about a broadcast of The Alan Jones Breakfast Show that went to air in 2019.

ACMA finds FAB FM is in breach of its licence

Friday 08 May, 2020

The ACMA investigated Port Douglas station, FAB FM, following a complaint that the station was not providing open narrowcasting in accordance with its licence. 

Will regional stations get a pass on local content quotas?

Wednesday 06 May, 2020

Gathering local content for regional radio stations is becoming more difficult as the COVID-19 crisis affects the ability of station staff to assemble content as many are working from home and some newsrooms have reduced staff numbers.

 
Commercial Radio Australia is asking the Federal Government for relief from the current local content regulation for the 220 stations broadcasting in regional areas.

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