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The future delivery of radio services in Australia - consultation 13/2019

Technological developments and changes in listener behaviour are affecting the delivery of radio services in different ways in metropolitan and regional and remote areas

Status
Submissions now public
Consultation number
IFC 13/2019
Days remaining 0 of 32 days
Closed
  • 1

    Open for comment

    13 May 2019
  • 2

    Consultation closed

    12 Jun 2019

Key documents

Outcome

We received submissions from across the industry. We found that live radio across different platforms is important to Australians. This is especially relevant during emergency situations such as the recent bushfires. We also found that a mix of platforms is crucial to bringing radio to listeners.

In March 2020, we published The future delivery of radio: Final report.

Executive summary

Radio delivers audio entertainment and information daily to millions of Australians using radiocommunications spectrum—whether via AM, FM and DAB+ digital broadcasts, or over the frequencies used by telecommunications providers to deliver mobile and wireless services. 

Technological developments and changes in listener behaviour are affecting the delivery of radio services in different ways in metropolitan and regional and remote areas. Spectrum availability, technology uptake and audience preferences influence business decisions and future investment in current and new technology and services. The needs of broadcasters and audiences also differ due to variations in coverage, available services and the viability of those services. 

The ACMA wants to make sure it understands the delivery technologies being used and contemplated, the preferences of Australian audiences and how industry is responding. 

We consider it timely to ask Australian broadcasters and audio content providers about emerging technologies, the impact on their businesses and the choices these create for the radio industry across Australia.

As the government is currently in a caretaker period, it is noted that the spectrum management policies of an incoming government may have implications for future radio planning arrangements.

Issues for comment

The ACMA is inviting comments and views from industry about: 

  • the drivers of radio industry change, to elicit evidence about the current market and suitability of alternative audio content delivery platforms, including alternative spectrum approaches needed to support radio in the future
  • the impact of new delivery platforms on broadcasting policy objectives and the existing regulatory framework.
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