Proposal to make the local programming determination
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Proposal to make Broadcasting Services Local Programming Determination 2018
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Broadcasting Services Local Programming Determination 2018
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) is seeking public comment on its proposal to make a local programming determination in accordance with subsection 61CZ(1) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the BSA). The proposed content of the local programming determination is set out in the draft instrument, the Broadcasting Services Local Programming Determination 2018 (the Draft Instrument). Information about the Draft Instrument has been set out in the accompanying consultation paper. Access these materials from the ‘Downloads’ box above.
The local programming determination is part of the new legislative framework for local content obligations for certain regional commercial television broadcasting licences. The new framework was introduced as Division 5D of Part 5 of the BSA by the enactment of the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Act 2017 (Broadcasting Reform Act) on 16 October 2017.
The ACMA invites comments on the following matters included in the draft instrument:
- the meaning of:
- ‘material of local significance’ in relation to a local area
- the ‘local area’ for each regional commercial television broadcasting licence that will be subject to local content obligations under the BSA
- additional criteria required for material of local significance broadcast by a licensee under a trigger event-affected regional licence to accumulate three points per minute.
Issue for comment
Opportunity to provide feedbackThe ACMA is seeking public comment on the proposed changes set out in the draft instrument. The closing date for submissions on the proposed legislative instrument is COB, Monday 5 February 2018.