A Victorian man has been convicted, fined and ordered to forfeit radio equipment for unlawfully operating a pirate FM radio station.
The conviction follows an Australian Communications and Media Authority investigation into unlicensed transmissions on the 101.3 MHz band in the Portland area of Victoria in March this year.
The man pleaded guilty to one count of unlicensed operation and four counts of unlawful possession of radiocommunications devices under the Radiocommunications Act 1992. He was convicted at the Portland Magistrates’ Court on 16 June 2015.
‘This conviction is a good outcome for the community,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. ‘The emission of powerful radio signals in the FM or any other critical radio band without the appropriate licence risks interference to legitimate radio services and their listeners and rips off everyone who has obtained legal access to the radio waves.
‘The conviction reinforces the fact that disregard for radiocommunications licensing arrangements can have serious consequences – and should have a strong deterrent effect on anyone thinking of operating a pirate transmitter,’ Mr Chapman added.
Information about how to report the unlicensed operation or unlawful possession of radiocommunications devices is available on the ACMA website.
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Media release 34/2015 - 16 July