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New Commercial Radio Code protects participants

ACMA media release 102/2011 – 23 September

The ACMA has registered a new commercial radio code of practice that contains safeguards for participants in live hosted entertainment radio programs. The code was developed by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) in response to the ACMA's 2009 investigation into the adequacy of the protection for such programs participants at that time.

The new code - which prohibits the broadcast of programs which treat participants in a highly demeaning or highly exploitative manner - are broadly in line with the protections for reality television participants in the commercial television code of practice.

The effectiveness of the new code provisions and evidence of community concern will be monitored by the ACMA between now and the next routine review of the CRA codes, due to commence in 2013.

The commercial radio codes of practice are available on the Commercial Radio Australia website.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Blake Murdoch on (02) 9334 7817, 0411 504 687 or

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Last updated: 02 May 2017