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2017 radio investigations

To access any of these investigation reports please contact broadcasting@acma.gov.au.

Program or issue Station or licensee Description Outcome Date finalised
Kyle & Jackie O KIIS 106.5 / Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation Pty Ltd Decency – in a breakfast radio segment that included comments about people with cancer No breach of 2.2 of the Commercial Radio Code of Practice 2017
BI-344
21 December 2017
Licence condition matters 6RTR Broadcast of advertisements and sponsorship time limit

Breach of paragraph 9(1)(b) of Schedule 2 to Part 5 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 [prohibition on broadcast of advertisements]

 

No breach of paragraph 9(3)(b) of Schedule 2 to Part 5 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 [time limit for sponsorship announcements]
BI-332

31 October 2017
Licence condition matter 7HOFM/Commercial Broadcasters Proprietary Limited Political matter advertisements – allegation announcements immediately following three broadcasts of political matter did not contain the correct ‘required particulars’

Breach of subclause 4(2) [identification of certain political matter]; and

Breach of paragraph 7(1)(j) [comply with subclause 4(2)] of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992
BI-335

20 October 2017
Compliance with the Community Radio Broadcasting Codes of Practice 2008  88.9FM Hills Radio  Policies not freely available, complaints handling  

Breach of Code 1.4 [membership policy] and Code 2.4 [policies will be freely available]

 

No breach of Code 1.5 [internal conflict policy], Code 2.3 [volunteer policy], Code 6.1 [sponsorship policy] and Code 7.3(b) [complaints will be conscientiously considered and responded to as soon as possible]
BI-327

30 August 2017 
Chrissie, Sam & Browny  Nova 100 / Nova 100 Pty Ltd  Decency, audio of actual sexual acts and feature program with an explicit sexual theme – in a breakfast radio segment about the relationship between a co-host and his wife  No breach of 2.2 [generally accepted standards of decency]
or 2.3 [audio of actual sexual acts]
or 2.4 [feature program with an explicit sexual theme]
of the Commercial Radio Code of Practice 2017
BI-331
25 August 2017 
Matt & Meshel in the Morning  KISS 101.1 / Double T Radio Pty Ltd Proscribed matter – in a prank call segment containing coarse language at a time when children might be listening  No breach of 2.2 [decency] of the Commercial Radio Code of Practice 2017
BI-326
27 July 2017 
The Ray Hadley Morning Show  2GB / Harbour Radio Pty. Limited  Privacy – in a discussion of bail laws  No breach of 3.3 [privacy] of the Commercial Radio Code of Practice 2017
BI-321
30 June 2017 
Advertisements supporting reform of Victoria’s fire services 3AW / Radio 3AW Melbourne Pty Limited  Allegation of a failure to broadcast the required particulars immediately following an advertisement containing political matter

No breach of subclause 4(2) [identification of certain political matter]

No breach of paragraph 8(1)(i) [comply with subclause 4(2)]

BI-323

29 June 2017 
Night Shift  MMM / Triple M Sydney Pty Ltd  Allegation that the host and a caller used racist and offensive language to refer to Aboriginal people  No breach of code 1.3(a) [offend against generally accepted standards of decency]
BI-313
2 June 2017 
Mornings with Neil Mitchell  3AW/Radio 3AW Melbourne Pty Limited  Proscribed matter – comments made about the LGBTI community in a segment about the Victorian Government’s Inclusive Language Guide No breach of code 1.1(e) [proscribed matter] of the Commercial Radio Australia Codes of Practice & Guidelines 2013
BI-310
26 May 2017
Complaints- handling 6PR/Radio 6PR Perth Pty Ltd Response to valid code complaints made to licensee.  Breach of code 5.5 [complaints-handling] of Commercial Radio Australia Codes of Practice & Guidelines 2013
BI-303
21 April 2017
The Chris Smith Show 2GB/Harbour Radio Pty Limited  Accuracy – comments made about climate change  No breach of code 2.2 [accuracy] of the Commercial Radio Australia Codes of Practice 2013
BI-264
21 February 2017 

The Ray Hadley Morning Show

2GZ FM / Radio 2GZ Pty Ltd

Election advertising – broadcast during the election blackout period

No breach of subclause 3A(2) [broadcast of election advertisements] or paragraph 8(1)(i) [comply with clause 3A] of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

BI-266

20 January 2017

Licence condition matter 

2VTR

Encouraging participation in operations.

Breach of paragraph 9(2)(c)(i) of Schedule 2 [encouraging participation] of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

BI-261

9 January 2017

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