ACMA media release 88/2011 – 31 August
The Australian Communication and Media Authority has found 5RM Riverland (SA), 3GG Warragul (Vic.) and 4HI Emerald (Qld) did not meet the minimum service standard for local news during an audit into six regional commercial radio stations conducted during March 2010.
The audit was part of an investigation into regional commercial radio's compliance with local news and information obligations.
Regional commercial radio licensees are required to comply with minimum service standards for local news and information after a trigger event (for example, a change of ownership) occurs to their licences. These obligations were introduced following the removal of cross-media ownership restrictions in 2007.
The ACMA found that for the sample week 14 to 20 March 2010, the six licensees investigated exceeded the minimum service standards for local weather and community service announcements. However, three of the licensees did not meet the minimum service standards for local news.
The three licences that met all the minimum service standards were 2CSF Coffs Harbour (NSW), 6RED Karratha (WA) and 7XXX Hobart (Tas).
The ACMA has accepted an enforceable undertaking from 5RM Riverland under section 205W of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to fix a systemic breach of the local news requirements. 5RM has undertaken to implement staff training programs and compliance monitoring processes, as well as providing reports to the ACMA.
The ACMA has agreed on measures to be undertaken by 3GG Warragul and 4HI Emerald, including enhanced procedures, staff training and reporting to the ACMA.
More information regarding regional commercial radio obligations can be found on the ACMA website.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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