Associated Newspaper Register | ACMA

Associated Newspaper Register

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The associated newspaper register (the Register) helps the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) monitor compliance with the media diversity rules in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 .

The associated newspaper register is updated as required.

'Newspaper' means a newspaper that is in the English language and is published on at least 4 days in each week, but does not include a publication if less than 50 per cent of its circulation is by way of sale.

In addition, section 59 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992  sets out the criteria for the inclusion of a newspaper in the Register.

In November 2016, the ACMA completed a comprehensive review of the Register following the Determination of Population Figures under Section 30 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Section 30 Determination). A number of revisions were subsequently made to the Register. Further information about the Section 30 Determination can be found at the following link.

Criteria relating to commercial television broadcasting licence areas

If the ACMA is satisfied at least 50 per cent of the circulation of a newspaper is within the licence area of a commercial television broadcasting licence, the ACMA will enter the name of the newspaper in the Register in relation to that licence area.

Similarly, if the ACMA is satisfied less than 50 per cent of the circulation of a newspaper that is entered in the Register in relation to a commercial television broadcasting licence is within the licence area of that licence, the ACMA will remove the name of the newspaper from the Register in relation to that licence area.

Criteria relating to commercial radio broadcasting licence areas

The 50 per cent criteria for commercial television and newspapers also apply to commercial radio licence broadcasting areas.

However, for commercial radio there is an additional requirement for inclusion in the Register. The ACMA must be satisfied at least 50 per cent of the circulation of a newspaper is within the licence area of a commercial radio broadcasting licence, and the newspaper's circulation must cover at least 2 per cent of the licence area population of the commercial radio broadcasting licence area.

Similarly, if less than 50 per cent of the circulation of a newspaper that is entered in the Register is within a commercial radio licence area and/or that newspaper's circulation covers less than 2 per cent of the population of the commercial radio licence area, the ACMA is to remove the name of the newspaper from the Register in relation to that commercial radio broadcasting licence area.

Last updated: 19 August 2017