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Media control and ownership compliance and investigations

We monitor and respond to complaints about control and ownership of Australian media. 

Breaches of control and ownership rules

If we think someone has breached statutory control, media diversity or directorship rules, we will tell them to fix the issue within a certain time. This may be 1 month, 6 months, a year or 2 years.

We can give extensions if we receive an application 3 months before the end of the specified period. We will grant or refuse an extension within 45 days of receiving the application, or after receiving further information we requested.

Failure to comply with a notice is an offence under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.

If we start an investigation, the ACMA has wide-ranging powers to obtain information. These include to require the production of documents, examine witnesses under oath and to hold public hearings.

Ownership and control investigation reports

Licensee/call sign/principal party

Report

Date released

Brisbane FM Radio Pty Ltd/4BFM

DMG (UK Radio 2) Pty Ltd/4BNE

Hot 91 Pty Ltd/4MCY

Statement of Findings – Lachlan Murdoch

January 2011

Brisbane FM Radio Pty Ltd/4BFM

DMG (UK Radio 2) Pty Ltd/4BNE

Hot 91 Pty Ltd/4MCY

Statement of Findings – Siobhan McKenna

January 2011

Moore/Macquarie Group Ltd (TNT, TDT, TND, DTD)

Statement of Findings - Nicholas William Moore.

Note: as a result of a subsequent Federal Court decision, Nicholas Moore did not breach the BSA

November 2008

Elmie Investments (4EL, 4AA, 3EL, 3ML, 6EL)

ACMA investigation into the control of commercial radio broadcasting licences held by Elmie Investments Pty Ltd

November 2007

6 GS (Cybervale)

ABA investigation into the timeliness and correctness of notifications lodged with the ABA by Cybervale Proprietary Limited, Sherryl Chilcott and Leon Antonio; and the control of commercial radio broadcasting licence 1150458 (6GS) since 31 January 2002

August 2003

2CH/2GB

ABA investigation into the control of the licences for 2GB and 2CH

May 2003

Prime Television

ABA investigation into the possible breach of any provision of Part 5 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 by Prime Television Limited

October 1999

 

Powers/Packer/PBL/ Consolidated Press/Fairfax

ABA investigation into whether Mr Brian Powers, Mr Kerry Packer, Mr James Packer, Publishing and Broadcasting Limited, Consolidated Press Holdings Limited, or any related or associated persons have since 17 May 1998 committed any breaches of a provision Division 5, 6 or 7 of Part 5 of the BSA

March 1999

 

DMG/Associated Media Investments

ABA investigation into the possible breach of any provision of Part 5 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 by Associated Media Investments Pty Ltd or DMG Regional Radio Pty Ltd

October 1998

 

CanWest/Ten

ABA investigation into control: CanWest Global Communications Corporation/The Ten Group Ltd - Third investigation

October 1998

 

CanWest/Ten

ABA investigation into control: CanWest Global Communications Corporation/The Ten Group Ltd - Second investigation

April 1997

 

News/Seven

ABA investigation into control: News Corporation Ltd/ Seven Network Ltd

April 1996

CanWest/Ten

ABA investigation into control: CanWest Global Communications Corporation / The Ten Group Ltd - First investigation

November 1995

 

Packer/Fairfax

ABA investigation into control: Mr Kerry Packer/John Fairfax Holdings Ltd

April 1995

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