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Change to Specification of Periods Instrument—consultation 37/2019

We propose to make a variation to the instrument that sets out annual five-week periods when regional commercial radio licences are exempt from local content rules

Status
Open
Consultation number
IFC 37/2019
Closing in 2 days (22 November 2019)
In progress

Key documents

The issue

We would like your views on our proposal to make a variation to the legislative instrument that sets out annual five-week periods when regional commercial radio licences are exempt from local content rules.

This would mean the exemption period for two licences held by Midwest Radio Network Pty Limited would start from the third Sunday instead of the second Sunday of December each year.

The five-week exemption period for the two Midwest services specified in the proposed variation would replace the default five-week exemption period for the minimum service standards in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the Act).

Background

Regional commercial radio licences have local content rules they must follow under the Act. Subsections 43C(1A) and 61CD(2) set out the annual five-week periods when licensees are exempt from having to:

  • broadcast certain amounts of local content
  • meet the minimum service standards for local news and information.

The exemption periods run from the second week of December each year. However, the Act allows the ACMA to change those periods for a licensee by making a legislative instrument. This would usually happen after a request from a licensee.

In June this year, the ACMA asked regional commercial radio licensees to send applications for any alternative five-week exemption periods they would like.

Have your say

We are looking for public comment on the proposed changes in the draft instrument. Send your submission by 5pm on 22 November 2019.

Make a submission

Use the ‘Make a submission’ button at the top of this page to upload your submission.

Submissions by post can be sent to:

Manager, Diversity, Localism and Accessibility Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box Q500, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230

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