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New ACMA executive appointments

Thursday 25 February, 2016

The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA) Deputy Chairman, Richard Bean, will take on the role of Acting Chairman, effective Saturday 27 February, while Full-time Authority Member James Cameron will become Acting Deputy Chair.

The changes, confirmed by the Minister for Communications Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield today, follow the retirement tomorrow of Chris Chapman at the conclusion of his 10-year tenure at the ACMA (consisting of two five-year appointments). 

Longest serving agency head: ACMA's Chris Chapman says farewell

Thursday 11 February, 2016

At Canberra's Senate Estimates Committee this week, ACMA Chairman Chris Chapman made his last appearance before parliament and outlined the achievements during his term heading up Australia's communications regulatory authority.

Deputy Chair Richard Bean is expected to take over the regulator in the interim until a formal appointment is made.

Chapman told the Senate committee:

ACMA's new discretion reduces regulatory burden

Friday 06 November, 2015

ACMA Chairman Chris Chapman has written to broadcasters reporting on the success so far of the new flexibility ACMA has to decide whether to investigate complaints.

ACMA imposes penalties on SCA for Royal Prank

Friday 17 July, 2015
After months of negotiation, the ACMA has finally arrived at an agreed range of penalties and undertakings to be imposed on Southern Cross Austereo for the so called Royal Prank affair.

These are the press releases from both ACMA and SCA.

Read Peter Saxon's predictive comments from April here. See if he got it right.

Three Reasons Why the ACMA May Give 2Day FM a Break

Monday 27 April, 2015

Comment from Peter Saxon

Shortly, if not already, Southern Cross Austereo, owners of 2Day FM should receive notification of the penalty that the ACMA will impose on them for having breached a condition of their Broadcasting Licence. The breach, according to the ACMA, is that they have used their licence in the commission of a criminal offence by contravening section 11.1 of the NSW Surveillance Devices act of 2007 in relation to what has now become known as The Royal Prank. SCA have 15 days to consider it before it is made public. 

Industry concerned about the recent finding: Joan Warner

Sunday 08 March, 2015

After speaking to the ACMA's Chris Chapman about the High Court ruling, radioinfo sought comment from Commercial Radio Australia and Southern Cross Austereo.

The most powerful man in Radio

Sunday 08 March, 2015

Peter Saxon talks to him one on one


It takes many components to run a successful radio station in Australia – talent, equipment, management, finance… but the one thing a station cannot operate without is a broadcast licence.

After a crucial decision in the High Court, last week, the man pictured, Chris Chapman, Chairman of The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) now has way too much power in the view of not just the Radio Industry but Television too.

High Court decision 'provides clarity' says Chris Chapman

Wednesday 04 March, 2015

ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman has welcomed the High Court decision to empower the ACMA to make decisions in cases regarding criminal law.

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