Mixed results for regional radio in ACMA’s local content audit | ACMA

Mixed results for regional radio in ACMA’s local content audit

ACMA media release 114/2011 – 26 October

The Australian Communication and Media Authority has found regional commercial radio station 4MIC Mt Isa (Qld) failed to broadcast the minimum duration of material of local significance (30 minutes per business day) required to comply with its local content obligations.

The ACMA also found that two regional commercial radio stations, 6RED Karratha (WA) and 7SEA Burnie (Tas), met or exceeded the minimum amount required for their licences (30 minutes and 3 hours per business day, respectively).

The ACMA's findings follow an audit of the material broadcast by these three licensees during a sample week of 15 to 19 March 2010.

All regional commercial radio stations must broadcast some local content each business day between the hours of 5am and 8pm, with the required duration of local content depending on the category of radio station.

The minimum amount of local content required is five minutes per business day for racing and remote area radio stations; 30 minutes per business day for small radio stations (serving a population less than 30,000) and section 40 licences (radio stations using alternative delivery methods to broadcasting services bands); and three hours per business day for all other radio stations.

The ACMA has agreed on measures to be undertaken by 4MIC Mt Isa, including the implementation of enhanced monitoring processes and procedures to ensure compliance with local content obligations.

More information regarding regional commercial radio obligations can be found on the ACMA website.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or media@acma.gov.au.

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Last updated: 14 April 2016