19 May 2011
2MFM community radio licence renewed after giving enforceable undertaking to the ACMA
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has renewed 2MFM’s community radio broadcasting licence for a further five years, after accepting an enforceable undertaking (EU) given by 2MFM to further encourage participation by members of the wider Muslim community in the Sydney RA1 licence area.
‘This is the first time a community radio licensee has offered an EU as part of its licence renewal process,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. ‘It demonstrates that the licensee, Muslim Community Radio Inc, has recognised a serious commitment was critical to address concerns identified in the course of the ACMA’s public consultations.’
Under the EU, 2MFM has undertaken to:
- Implement a consultation strategy to encourage Muslims from a broad cross-section of Islamic organisations in the Sydney RA1 licence area to participate in the operations and programming of the service
- Amend relevant provisions in its constitution to better align it with the community radio broadcasting industry template
- Amend its presenter policy so that all members are eligible to become presenters.
The ACMA will be able to monitor 2MFM’s compliance with the undertaking, as the licensee has committed to provide reports to the ACMA.
2MFM provides a service to meet the ‘Religious – Islamic’ community interest. According to the 2006 Census, more that 4% of the Sydney population identify themselves as Islamic. Further, 2MFM has a healthy participation level, with 467 members and 104 volunteers.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The ACMA is Australia’s regulator for broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications. The ACMA’s strategic intent is to make communications and media work in Australia’s public interest. For more information: www.acma.gov.au.