Change in the air for Bathurst radio | ACMA

Change in the air for Bathurst radio


Listeners of Bathurst commercial AM radio service 2BS Gold may soon have to change the dial if a proposal by the station is accepted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

The proposal would see the station swap its AM frequency to FM, moving from 1503 AM to 95.1 FM.

‘FM radio provides improved audio quality for listeners in regional areas and can be more cost-effective to operate than AM radio,’ said ACMA Chair, Nerida O’Loughlin

‘A number of regional commercial radio stations are seeking to convert their services to FM under an industry-led conversion program. ACMA will facilitate a conversion if we are satisfied that audiences in regional areas do not lose important radio services under the proposal,’ Ms O’Loughlin said.

‘We now want to hear from the local Bathurst audience their views on the conversion proposal,’ Ms O’Loughlin said

Submissions on the Bathurst proposal are due by 8 June, 2018. More information about AM-FM conversion is available here.

If the ACMA decides to approve the conversion, the timing of the transition would be up to the broadcaster.

For more information please contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, (02) 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or

Media release 12/2018 - 10 May

Last updated: 10 May 2018