30 August 2007
ACMA invites public submissions on renewal of community broadcasting licence for Hits n Country 94.1FM, Gosford
The Australian Communications and Media Authority is considering whether to renew the licence of community radio service 2CCH Gosford for a further five years and is calling for submissions on the renewal application.
2CCH broadcasts as Hits n Country 94.1 FM. The licensee, Central Coast Broadcasters Ltd, provides a community radio broadcasting service in the Gosford licence area with country music and sport as the community interest.
The current licence expires on 21 November 2007. ACMA invites submissions from members of the public on the renewal application which is on the ACMA website.
Anyone interested in making a submission should email ACMA at Community Broadcasting Group.
The closing date for submissions is Friday 21 September 2007.
Media contact: Donald Robertson, ACMA Media Manager (02) 9334 7980.
Community broadcasting licence renewals
Community broadcasting licences are issued for five years.
The procedures for renewing a community broadcasting licence are set out in sections 90 and 91 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992. Subsection 91(2A) of the Act enables ACMA to have regard to the same matters that it considers when allocating new community broadcasting licences under section 84(2). These matters are:
- the extent to which the proposed service would meet the existing and perceived future needs of the community within the licence area of the proposed service
- the nature and diversity of the interests of that community
- the nature and diversity of other broadcasting services (including national broadcasting services) available within that licence area
- the capacity of the applicant to provide the proposed service
- the undesirability of one person being in a position to exercise control of more than one community broadcasting licence that is a broadcasting services bands licence in the same licence area, and
- the undesirability of the Commonwealth, a state or territory or a political party being in a position to exercise control of a community broadcasting licence.
ACMA writes to a community licensee 58 weeks before the expiry of its licence requesting that it submit an application to renew its licence no later than 52 weeks before the expiry of the current licence.
ACMA has discretion as to whether it will conduct a renewal inquiry, the form it should take and what it will consider in an inquiry. ACMA may refuse to renew a community broadcasting licence if, having regard to these matters, it considers that it would not allocate a licence to the licensee.