Digital radio for the Hobart RA3 community licence area | ACMA

Digital radio for the Hobart RA3 community licence area

Consultation closes: 21 August 2019

IFC: 22/2019

Consultation closed

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Consultation paper:
Proposal to deem a licence area for community digital radio broadcasting in Hobart

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Executive summary

Under the Radiocommunications Act 1992, digital radio services are planned in radio licence areas which are identical to commercial radio licence areas. Generally, for a community radio broadcasting licensee to be eligible to provide digital radio services, it must have either:

  • been planned in the relevant commercial radio licence area
  • have its licence area deemed by the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (BSA) or by the ACMA, to be the same as a specified licence area of a commercial radio licence.

Subsection 8AD(3) of the BSA states that the ACMA may, by legislative instrument, determine that a specified licence area of a community radio broadcasting licence is taken to be the same as a specified licence area of a commercial radio broadcasting licence for the purpose of providing digital radio services.

Pursuant to subsection 8AD(3) of the BSA, the ACMA has made the Broadcasting Services (Deemed Digital Radio Licence Areas) Determination 2017 (Deeming Determination). It deems five community radio licence areas throughout Australia to be the same as certain specified commercial radio licence areas. No changes are proposed to these deemed areas.

The ACMA proposes, pursuant to subsection 8AD(3) of the BSA, to vary the Deeming Determination to deem the Hobart RA3 community radio licence area to be the same as the Hobart RA1 commercial radio licence area.

Deeming the Hobart RA3 licence area would have the effect of making the community radio broadcasting licensee in that licence area (Edge Radio) eligible to seek to provide digital radio broadcasting services.

Issues for comment

This consultation does not ask specific questions. However, the ACMA welcomes comment from interested stakeholders on the issues raised in this consultation or any other issues relevant to deeming community radio broadcasting licence areas in Hobart.

Opportunity to provide feedback

We are inviting submissions regarding our proposal to deem the Hobart RA3 community radio broadcasting licence area to be the same as the Hobart RA1 licence area as outlined in the attached consultation paper.