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2017 radio investigations

The table below contains details of the ACMA's 2017 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
31 October 2017 Community radio   BI-332 6RTR Licence condition matters Broadcast of advertisements and sponsorship time limit  

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

 

No breach of paragraph 9(3)(b) of Schedule 2 to Part 5 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 [time limit for sponsorship announcements]
20 October 2017 Commercial radio BI-335 7HOFM/Commercial Broadcasters Proprietary Limited Licence condition matter Political matter advertisements – allegation announcements immediately following three broadcasts of political matter did not contain the correct ‘required particulars’

Breach of subclause 4(2) [identification of certain political matter]; and

Breach of paragraph 7(1)(j) [comply with subclause 4(2)] of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 
30 August 2017  Temporary community radio  BI-327  88.9FM Hills Radio  Compliance with the Community Radio Broadcasting Codes of Practice 2008  Policies not freely available, complaints handling  

Breach of Code 1.4 [membership policy] and Code 2.4 [policies will be freely available]

 

No breach of Code 1.5 [internal conflict policy], Code 2.3 [volunteer policy], Code 6.1 [sponsorship policy] and Code 7.3(b) [complaints will be conscientiously considered and responded to as soon as possible] 
25 August 2017  Commercial radio  BI-331  Nova 100 / Nova 100 Pty Ltd  Chrissie, Sam & Browny  Decency, audio of actual sexual acts and feature program with an explicit sexual theme – in a breakfast radio segment about the relationship between a co-host and his wife  No breach of 2.2 [generally accepted standards of decency]
or 2.3 [audio of actual sexual acts]
or 2.4 [feature program with an explicit sexual theme]
of the Commercial Radio Code of Practice 2017
 
27 July 2017  Commercial radio  BI-326 KISS 101.1 / Double T Radio Pty Ltd Matt & Meshel in the Morning  Proscribed matter – in a prank call segment containing coarse language at a time when children might be listening  No breach of 2.2 [decency] of the Commercial Radio Code of Practice 2017 
30 June 2017  Commercial radio  BI-321  2GB / Harbour Radio Pty. Limited  The Ray Hadley Morning Show  Privacy – in a discussion of bail laws  No breach of 3.3 [privacy] of the Commercial Radio Code of Practice 2017 
29 June 2017  Commercial radio  BI-323  3AW / Radio 3AW Melbourne Pty Limited  Advertisements supporting reform of Victoria’s fire services Allegation of a failure to broadcast the required particulars immediately following an advertisement containing political matter

No breach of subclause 4(2) [identification of certain political matter]

No breach of paragraph 8(1)(i) [comply with subclause 4(2)]

 
2 June 2017  Commercial radio  BI-313  MMM / Triple M Sydney Pty Ltd  Night Shift  Allegation that the host and a caller used racist and offensive language to refer to Aboriginal people  No breach of code 1.3(a) [offend against generally accepted standards of decency] 
26 May 2017 Commercial radio  BI-310  3AW/Radio 3AW Melbourne Pty Limited  Mornings with Neil Mitchell  Proscribed matter – comments made about the LGBTI community in a segment about the Victorian Government’s Inclusive Language Guide No breach of code 1.1(e) [proscribed matter] of the Commercial Radio Australia Codes of Practice & Guidelines 2013
21 April 2017 Commercial radio  BI-303 6PR/Radio 6PR Perth Pty Ltd Complaints- handling Response to valid code complaints made to licensee.  Breach of code 5.5 [complaints-handling] of Commercial Radio Australia Codes of Practice & Guidelines 2013
21 February 2017  Commercial radio BI-264  2GB/Harbour Radio Pty Limited  The Chris Smith Show Accuracy – comments made about climate change  No breach of code 2.2 [accuracy] of the Commercial Radio Australia Codes of Practice 2013 

20 January 2017

Commercial radio

BI-266

2GZ FM / Radio 2GZ Pty Ltd

The Ray Hadley Morning Show

Election advertising – broadcast during the election blackout period

No breach of subclause 3A(2) [broadcast of election advertisements] or paragraph 8(1)(i) [comply with clause 3A] of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

9 January 2017

Community Radio

BI-261 

2VTR

Licence condition matter 

Encouraging participation in operations.

Breach of paragraph 9(2)(c)(i) of Schedule 2 [encouraging participation] of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992

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