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2018 radio investigations

The table below contains details of the ACMA's 2018 radio investigations and investigation reports. Details of radio investigations in other years are available on this page. Details of ACMA television investigations are available on this page.

Date finalised Service type Investigation number / Report Station / licensee Program or issue Description Outcome

2 November 2018
National radio BI-426 Australian Broadcasting Corporation Talkfest Impartiality and diversity of perspectives – in a radio broadcast discussing Australia’s population No breach of Standards 4.2 [diversity of perspectives] and 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016)
14 September 2018 Community radio BI-422  3HOT / Sunraysia Community Radio Association Inc. Licence condition matter Encouraging participation in selection of programs Breach of paragraph 9(2)(c)(ii) [community participation in the selection of programs] of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992
6 September 2018 Open narrowcast radio BI-413 Vintage FM / W & A Willmington Pty Ltd General programming Categories of broadcasting service - the station is not operating as a narrowcasting service as it is providing programs of broad appeal The licensee is providing an open narrowcasting service within the meaning of Section 18 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992; and is not providing a commercial radio broadcasting service without a licence in contravention of Section 133
30 August 2018 Open narrowcast radio BI-412 Air FM / Futrends Pty Ltd General programming Categories of broadcasting service - the station is not operating as a narrowcasting service as it is providing programs of broad appeal The licensee is providing an open narrowcasting service within the meaning of Section 18 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992; and is not providing a commercial radio broadcasting service without a licence in contravention of Section 133
16 August 2018  Community Radio BI-416; BI-417  2NUR / The University of Newcastle  Licence condition matter  Sponsorship time limit  Breach of paragraph 9(3)(b) [hourly time limit for sponsorship announcements] of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 
6 August 2018 Community radio BI-359 4BAY / Bayside Community Radio  Licence condition matters; code matter  

Encouraging participation in selection of programs and operating the service as part of a profit-making enterprise.

Potential for distress and consideration for prevailing community standards – in the broadcast of a song on a breakfast program.

Breach of paragraph 9(2)(c)(ii) [community participation in the selection of programs] and no breach of paragraph 9(2)(e) [operating the service as part of a profit-making enterprise] of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

No breach of code 3.2 [potential for distress, meeting prevailing community standards] of the Community Radio Broadcasting Codes of Practice 2008

27 June 2018 Community radio BI-404 101.3 / Tweed Coast Community Radio Inc Licence condition matters Broadcast of advertisements No breach of paragraph 9(1)(b) [prohibition on broadcast of advertisements] of Schedule 2 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992
11 May 2018 Community radio BI-364 4ZZZ / Creative Broadcasters Ltd Community service announcement for Refugees Welcome Australia Inc. and a 4ZZZ station identification message Political matter – broadcast the required particulars immediately following the broadcast of political matter

Breach of subclause 4(2) [identification of certain political matter] and paragraph 9(1)(i) [comply with subclause 4(2)] of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

No breach of subclause 4(2) [identification of certain political matter] or paragraph 9(1)(i) [comply with subclause 4(2)] of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

20 February 2018  Commercial radio  BI-362  2LT   Local content news and information  Local content news 

Breaches of paragraph 8(2)(c) of Schedule 2 to the BSA [standard conditions of commercial radio broadcasting licences]

Failure to comply with section 61CD(1)(a) BSA [minimum service standards for local news and information]

Failure to comply with section 61CP BSA [compliance with approved local content plan] 
18 January 2018 Community radio BI-339 TYGA FM Licence condition matters Broadcast of advertisements

Breach of paragraph 9(1)(b) of Schedule 2 to Part 5 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 [prohibition on broadcast of advertisements]

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