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Mitch Fifield: 'Parliament must act on media reforms to protect Australian jobs'

Wednesday 14 June, 2017

In our continuing coverage of media reforms Communications Minister Senator Mitch Fifield has today again called for bipartisan cooperation in achieving media reforms, following Network Ten's announcement that it will enter voluntary administration.

"The Turnbull Government and industry leaders have been warning for some time that Australia's media industry is under pressure and needs reform.

Our voices do matter: Communications Minister Fifield

Tuesday 16 May, 2017

“Australian stories must be told and and our voices must be heard. Our voices do matter,” Communications Minister Mitch Fifield told delegates at today’s ACMA Content Conversation conference in Sydney.

The Communications Minister talked about the economic benefits of broadcasting, film making and content creation, but also widened his comments to include other important measures of success. The measures of success include the promotion of Australian content and views around the world and strengthening Australian culture. 

Commercial radio welcomes expected 94 percent drop in licence fees

Saturday 06 May, 2017

Commercial radio broadcasters have welcomed the elimination of radio broadcast licence fees in the Federal Budget

Radio Licence Fees to be abolished: Mitch Fifield

Saturday 06 May, 2017

In next week's federal budget, the Turnbull Government will abolish commercial radio and television broadcast licence fees.

FBi Click to be replaced by 94.5 on DAB+

Friday 05 May, 2017

Due to the growth of digital radio listening, Sydney community station FBi is dropping its Click format from the DAB+ band and will now simulcast its main service on both FM and DAB.

The station, targeted at youth, has noticed significant growth in DAB+ listening. By late 2016, almost 23% of 10-17 year olds and 17.5% of 18-24 year olds were listening to the new digital band.

Communications Minister Fifield announces extra digital radio funding for community sector on Light FM

Thursday 04 May, 2017
"It's important that the community radio sector has certainty," said Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, announcing additional funding for community digital radio on Light FM Melbourne this morning.

"We recognise it is important that we make funding provision to ensure that this important work that community radio does can be supported and that the transition to digital radio can be supported," he told Light FM presenters Lucy and Kel.

Media Reforms pass next step, but still slowed by opposition inquiries

Thursday 01 December, 2016

The Turnbull Government’s media reform legislation today passed through the House of Representatives, the next step towards changes to the legislation that regulates Australia’s media industry. However there are more steps to be taken before the changes become law.

While then legislative changes are mostly aimed towards television, they will also have  knock on effects for radio companies, especially Southern Corss Austereo, whcih owns regional tv stations as well as radio stations, and perhaps Austalia's smaller regional radio groups.

Commercial radio industry welcomes licence fee cut

Thursday 10 November, 2016

Commercial radio broadcasters have welcomed the passing in Parliament yesterday of the 25 percent reduction in licence fees for commercial radio licence holders.
 
Joan Warner, chief executive officer of industry body Commercial Radio Australia, said: “The licence fee reduction is a welcome relief and the industry looks forward to continuing to work with the Communications Minister on further cuts in 2016/2017 as foreshadowed in his budget statement.”   
 

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