3 February 2003
ABA decides not to allocate community radio licence in Lithgow - review in 12 months
The Australian Broadcasting Authority has decided not to allocate a community radio broadcasting licence in Lithgow, News South Wales at this time.
The ABA sought applications for the licence in September 2002. The sole applicant was Lithgow Community Broadcasters Incorporated. Lithgow Community Broadcasters Incorporated proposed to serve the mature and senior citizen community of the Lithgow licence area.
"After giving careful consideration to the criteria laid down in the legislation and the information provided by the applicant, the ABA has decided in this case not to allocate the licence," said Professor David Flint, ABA Chairman.
"The ABA has decided that in 12 months it will review the situation, with a view to readvertising the availability of the licence. During the intervening period the ABA encourages the applicant to operate a temporary service to develop its capacity," he said.
Until such time as the ABA reviews the temporary licence service and reconsiders a permanent allocation, the channel set aside for this licence (90.5 MHz) will be made available for temporary community broadcasting.
Media contact Donald Robertson, ABA Manager Media and PR on (02) 9334 7980.
Lithgow licence area
Lithgow is the major town within the Lithgow licence area. At Census 2001, the licence area population was 10,422 persons.
The Lithgow area is currently served by two national radio services, 2ABCRN and 2LG, and two commercial radio services, 2LT and Kiss FM. The Lithgow area is also served by two national television services, ABC and SBS, and three commercial television services, CBN, CTC and WIN
On 14 May 1997 the ABA finalised the radio licence area plan for the Lithgow licence area in New South Wales. It determined that one new community broadcasting licence be made available to serve the Lithgow area.
Community licence allocation
Part 6 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the Act), provides for the allocation of community broadcasting licences.
The ABA uses a merit based allocation process where applicants compete on the basis of merit for the licence. The process includes opportunity for the public to comment on applications received.< /p>
The ABA must have regard to:
Under section 85 of the Act, the ABA is not required to allocate a community broadcasting licence to any applicant.
The Minister may also give directions to the ABA to give priority to a particular community interest or interests.